Kim McCarty

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Kim McCarty (born February 10, 1956 in Los Angeles, CA)[1] is a watercolor painter, artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA.[2] McCarty's work has been exhibited in over 20 solo exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles.[3] She works in layers of monochromatic colors.[4]

Personal life[edit]

McCarty began working with the watercolor medium in 1993 after her studio was destroyed by a fire. She could no longer find a space with proper ventilation for working with oil paint. She works in a wet-on-wet technique, normally associated with oil painting, in which the paint is applied to a moistened sheet of paper.[5]


[6] 1988 University of California, Los Angeles, M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts). 1980 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts).

Professional life[edit]

Solo exhibitions[edit]


  • Maloney Fine Art, Culver City, CA
  • Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY


  • Kim McCarty Paints, Santa Monica Museum, Santa Monica, CA[7][8]


  • David Klein Gallery, Detroit MI
  • Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY[9]


  • Lightbox Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI


  • Kim McCarty, cherry and martin, Los Angeles, CA


  • Kim McCarty, Briggs Robinson Gallery, New York, NY


  • Under Glass, cherrydelosreyes, Los Angeles, CA
  • Watercolors, Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Kim McCarty, Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, Oregon


  • Kim McCarty, Rebecca Ibel, Columbus, Ohio
  • Kim McCarty, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna, CA


  • Kim McCarty, Recent Paintings, De Chiara/ Stewart, New York, NY


  • Kim McCarty, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna, CA
  • Kim McCarty, Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho


  • Drawings, Works on Paper Inc. Los Angeles, CA


  • Helen, Deanna Izen Miller Gallery, Venice, CA


  • Recent Paintings, Sharon Truax Fine Art, Venice, CA


  • Recent Paintings, Janie Beggs Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Group exhibitions[edit]


  • Watercolor, Griffin Fine Art, London, England
  • New York Armory, David Klein Gallery, New York


  • Wet, Kim McCarty/Natalie Franks, Eden Rock Gallery, St Barthes,
  • New York Armory Modern, David Klein Gallery, New York
  • Fresh, MOCA,Los Angeles, CA
  • Selling Sex Show, studio, London, England
  • Twisted Sister, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY


  • California Contemporary, Scott White Gallery, San Diego CA
  • Inaugural Exhibition, Heiner Contemporary Gallery, Washington DC
  • Eve, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles CA
  • Art Platform, David Klein Gallery, Los Angeles CA


  • Dis-a-pear, Island Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
  • Fresh Figures and Abstraction, Scott White Gallery, San Diego, CA
  • View to the Soul, Portraiture Old and New, Heather James Gallery, Palm Desert,
  • Medium is the Message, Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI


  • Blue, Blue, Kim Light/Lightbox Gallery, Culver City, CA
  • Draw the Line, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • Dillitantes, Divas and Dandies, Gavlak Projects, Palm Beach, FL
  • Watercolorland, Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


  • Ces Enfants Etranges, Shore institute of the Arts, New Jersey
  • Black Dragon Society exhibition, Black Dragon, Los Angeles California
  • Contemporary Art, Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo
  • Artists Portraits of Artists, Pace University Gallery, New York, New York


  • Empty Nest, The Changing Face of Childhood in Art, 1880 to the present,
  • Nathan A Bernstein Gallery, New York, November 1 to January 12, 2008
  • Hammer Contemporary Collection: Part 2, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Unexpected Watercolor, Lee Center for the Arts, Seattle University, Seattle, WA


  • 100 artists, 100 watercolors, Jeannie Freilich Fine Art, New York
  • August Light, Great Barrington, MA
  • Figuratively Speaking, Part 2, Elika Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY
  • LA: Now, Dominique Fiat Galerie, Paris, France
  • Portrait Show, Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


  • Contemporary Erotic Drawings, DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas
  • Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
  • Liquid Los Angeles: Currents of Contemporary Watercolor Painting Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
  • The Unexpected Watercolor, The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Portland, OR
  • Painted Ladies, William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA


  • Drawn to the Present, Pace University Gallery, Pleasantville, NY
  • What's Doin?, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Summer Group Show, Cherrydelosreyes, Los Angeles, CA
  • New Talent and Familiar Faces, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • LA Woman, Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, CA
  • Expect: Art, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
  • Behind Door Nine, UCSB University Art Museum, Santa Barbara. CA


  • International Paper, UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA,
  • Smoking Pencils Rolling Papers, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Great Drawing Show 1550-2003, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Wet Paint, Brea Art Gallery, Brea, California Biosystems, USC Institute of Genetic Medicine Art Gallery, Los Angeles,CA
  • Multiple Expressions, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


  • What a Painting Can Do, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Toyland, Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, Oregon
  • A Thousand Clowns, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


  • Re-Configuration, Central Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing, China
  • Re-Configuration, Modern Chinese Art Foundation, Ghent, Belgium


  • H20, Works On Paper, Inc. Los Angeles, CA
  • For Example, Acuna Hansen, Los Angeles, CA
  • Paintings, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
  • Exhibition, New Jersey Center For The Arts, Summit, NJ
  • Certain Things: Unlikely Treasures, Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York, NY
  • MOCA Auction, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA


  • Works on Paper, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
  • Traces New Drawing, Katrina Traywick Gallery, Berkeley, CA


  • LA Current: A Media Fusion, UCLA Gallery at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA
  • The Painted Image, Deanna Izen Miller Gallery, Venice, CA
  • Group Exhibition, Sharon Truax Fine Art, Venice, CA
  • LA Current: The Female Perspective, UCLA Gallery / Armand Hammer Museum, L.A.


  • LA Woman, Lutz Hegenbarth, Cologne, Germany

Selected public and private collections[edit]


  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY * UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Microsoft Collection, Seattle, WI * Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York, NY
  • Latham and Watkins, New York, NY * Neuburger and Berman, Los Angeles, CA
  • Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii


  • Vogue, Irene Neuwirth, index, March 2013
  • Huffington Post, Boys and Girls Brings Uncertain Humanity to Morgan Lehman Gallery, November 14, 2012
  • Elist Jasmine, Subliminal Projects Gallery "Eve" is all about Female Creation. LA Times. July 28, 2011
  • S.R. Leher, Kim McCarty At Kim Light/Lightbox, Los Angeles, Art on Paper, September/October 2009
  • Miles, Christopher, Kim McCarty, LA Weekly, April 30, 2009
  • Drohojoswka-Philp, Hunter, Artist's Pick, Artnews, February, 2006
  • Pincus, Robert, "Ladies and Dreamscapes", The San Diego Union Tribune, June 30, 2005
  • Genocchio, Benjamin, "Erotic Goes Mainstream" The New York Times, Sunday, May 8, 2005
  • Karlins, N.F. "Teenage Tempest", Artnet, Thursday, April 7, 2005
  • Lombardi, D. Dominick, "Drawn to the Present", The New York Times, Sunday, October 17, 2004
  • Jones, Lesli, "Step into Liquid", Art on Paper, July/August, 2004
  • Frank, Peter, "Mark Steven Greenfield, LA Woman," Pick of the week, LA Weekly, May 4–10, 2004
  • Wood, Eve, Mojo Rising," Artnet, May 2, 2004
  • Pence, Elizabeth, "LA Woman," Artweek, May, 2004
  • Green, Tyler, "DC Dairy, Revival of Painting," Artnet, March 17, 2004
  • New American Painting, 49th Edition, 2003, (cover)
  • El-Diri, Hanadi, "Youth," An-Nahar, Beirut, Lebanon, July 3, 2003
  • Mageean, Sean, "The Dreams of Children, New Watercolors, by Kim McCarty," The Independent, June 12, 2003
  • Donelon, Charles, "Brutal Youth," Santa Barbara News Press, May 2003
  • Frank, Peter, "International Paper," Art on Paper, April 2003
  • Chen, Eva, "Artists," Elle Magazine, April 2003
  • Dambrot, Shana Nys, "Kim McCarty at cherrydelosreyes," Artweek, March 2003
  • Knight, Christopher, "Drawing Not Toeing the Line," Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2003
  • Ohlman, Leah, "Teens Stripped of Their Veneer," Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2003
  • Fyer-Kohles, Jeanne, "Two Rooms best for vastly different works," Columbus Dispatch, November 2002
  • Green, Robert, "Artist Curates," Artforum, April 2002
  • Wei, Lilly, "Elsewhere, Everywhere, Here," catalog essay, "Re-configuration," 2001
  • Galleries New York, Contemporary Art Report, October 2000
  • Kokot, Sharon, "Works on Paper" hardly flimsy," The Columbus Dispatch, June 1999
  • Kaplan, Peggy Hall, "Malibu Artist Draws Her Motivation from Experiencing Trial by Fire," Malibu Surfside News, February 11, 1999
  • Clothier, Peter, "Inside-Out," catalog essay for Kim McCarty, Works on Paper, Inc. August 28. 1998
  • Irmas, Deborah, "L.A. Summer Surf," Artnet, July/August 1998


  1. ^ Morgan Lehman Gallery website. Accessed December 15, 2015
  2. ^ Maloney Fine Art website. Accessed December 2, 2015!mccarty/cksq
  3. ^ Accessed January 13, 2016
  4. ^ Maloney Fine Art website. Accessed December 2, 2015!mccarty/cksq
  5. ^ Accessed December 15, 2015
  6. ^ Morgan Lehman Gallery website. Accessed December 15, 2015
  7. ^ Refinery29. Accessed January 13, 2016
  8. ^ Opening Ceremony. Accessed January 13, 2016
  9. ^ Accessed January 13, 2015
  10. ^ Artspace website. Accessed January 3, 2016

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