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Tracy Kerdman

New York, New York

Artist Statement

My work largely draws from the cultural inconsistencies of my background of growing up on the Grand Strand of South Carolina, a place recognizable for its hospitality, and paradoxically, its bigotry. Figurative painting is what drives my interest and helps me to explore contradiction and anxiety buried in normalcy. The work aims to be familiar and within the realm of conventional, figurative oil paintings only at first glance. Working within the context of traditional representational work and portraiture, the goal is to create something unsettling and more disconcerting than an academic, technical representation.

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Tracy Kerdman's Portfolio

Cake, 2018, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches
Candles in Dish, 2018, oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches
Hitman, 2017, oil on wood, 24 x 30 inches
Perverse, 2018, oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches
What People Say, 2018, oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches
The Runners, 2017, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
The Hollows, 2018, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
How Things Used To Be, 2017, oil on wood, 11 x 14 inches
Coagulate, 2016, oil on wood, 24 x 30 inches
Maquette, 2016, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches

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Artist Biography

I was born in Huntington, West Virginia. A city now known as the heart of the opioid epidemic. At the age of five I moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I studied painting at the College of Charleston where I earned a BA in Studio Art. In 2010, I moved to New York to continue my study of painting at the National Academy Museum and School and MoMA, where I would take extensive lecture classes. My paintings have been exhibited in Germany, Canada, New York and throughout the United States, from the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, to the Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, Florida. I live and paint in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC with my husband.


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