Biography

Kelsey Anne Heimerman's ancestors immigrated to America from Germany and Ireland. At a young age she watched her father, a carpenter, and mother a glassblower, work with their hands and mimicked this creativity by painting; including her first mural at age 9, covering her entire bedroom ceiling in cadmium orange coy fish. This ambition was noticed early on and was attentively nurtured in gifted and talented museum programs.  She attended private schools, and later a University and was known as a remarkable painter and non conformist who questioned everything.

Heimerman documented her experiences doggedly creating over thousands of drawings, paintings and writings thus far. By remaining unattached to dogmas her creative work flows freely, without limitations. A great admiration for painting grew from within in the ability to reflect, edit, contemplate, describe, pick apart, throw away and transform. She saw the art world as the ultimate universal language that requires no age, intelligence or race to admire it. Through a focused study of portraiture, color, composition and pattern making her individual perspective is poured into the work. She stands up for policies such as equality, positivity, the acceptance of individuals within a global culture, and e the exploration of natural, dreamlike and visionary worlds.

Using a brush, spray paints, wood panel, canvas or sometimes the side of a building as her means of exploration, Heimerman spent the last fifteen years mastering painting, specifically traditional oils. Creating experiments in form, color, composition and content that eventually evolved into her unique style. She moved to Dallas, Tx and opened an independent studio space, where she currently creates and resides as full time artist. She developed a taste for European cities and tropical islands, and as an examiner of modern life she became obsessed with the details of everything. Using the world as her laboratory and the paintings as a report, she notices bizarreness in a world full of status symbols, #climaterefugies, #robotics, #zoloft, #plasticsurgery, #fortunecookies, #vaccines, #celebritypresidency, #economicinequality #cryotherapy, #selfdrivingcars and #shamanism. The brevity and absurdity in the spectrum of these topics often influence the content of her work. Using distortion, engorged layers of firm, deliberate and bleeding paint become objectified as they describe flesh, spaces, animals, textures and experiences in a codex of modern iconography. The bold colors reflect taking a sledgehammer to a muted or at times neon rainbow and exude the pop culture of our contemporary world. She is a perfectionist with a curious and investigative mind that is constantly evolving to develop her expressive and analytical technique.

As a seeker of knowledge and a person people are drawn to, Heimerman strives to become apart of the global art narrative. Influenced by KiKi Smith, Keith Haring,  The Gorilla Girls, Marina Abromovich, Henry Darger, Hemonous Boch, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Helmet Newton as well as contemporaries Swoon, Connor Harrington, and Zio Ziegler. She continues diligently projecting visions of a dreamlike, futuristic worlds where people of all race, class, culture and background interact. Her creative outlets are not defined to painting alone but also include sculpture, poetry, commercial design, printmaking, drawing, digital painting, illustration and piano among other social charity projects.

Currently Heimerman runs and operates independently, self funding her work and continues to grow in the art scene, winning multiple awards, grants and spots in international/ national exhibitions. She shows work in traditional and nontraditional spaces with the purpose of artwork being available to all people on a variety of platforms. In May 2017 she independently sold half of her collection, sending her career on faster projection towards these visionary worlds. 

 

 

2015-Present : Founder/ Sole Owner of KAH Studios and Gallery, L.L.C

Awards, Fellowships, residencies & lectures

2015-2018 Southside on Lamar/ Artist in Residence/ Dallas, Tx

2017 Guest Lecture / East Field Collage / Dallas, Tx

2016 Guest Lecture at Texas Women's University/ Denton, Tx

Publication Fellowship/ Painting  Peripheral Vision Arts/ Dallas, Tx 

Mirco grant winner / Nasher Sculpture Museum/ Dallas, Tx

2015 Guggenheim in Venice, Italy internship/ Shortlisted

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Jannet Kennedy Gallery/ American Dream /  Dallas, Tx

2016 Jannet Kennedy Gallery/ Oil and Glass/ Dallas, Tx

2015 RA Gallery / Trending / Dallas, Tx 

2014 Rachel Nash Gallery / Shrine Shiner/ Dallas Tx

 

Group Exhibitions and Public Art works

2017Ro2 Art / Chaos / Invitation only/ Dallas, Texas 

East Field College Faculty and Inspiration Show / In Good Company/ Dallas, Tx

Art, Fashion and Philanthropy /Transcendence / National invitational / Dallas, Tx

42 Murals / Artwork Selected as Mural / Dallas, Tx

Forth Worth Community Arts Center/ Solo Show Down/ Juror Jennifer Casler Price, Curator at Kimbell Art Museum

Art Basel 1.0 Digital platform, Switzerland

2016 Seattle Art Fair / Galeri Urbane/ works on paper

Main Stage Design for Bulladora Independent Music Festival

Urban Scene/ Pop Up/ Dallas Tx

Galeri Urbane/ Galery 3 / Dallas Tx 

Galeri Urbane/ Girls just wanna/ Dallas Tx 

2015 Cedars open studio Tour , Dallas Tx

2013 Cora Stafford Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton, TX    

2012 Vortman’s 52 Annual Student Competition /Juried by Clint Willour/ Denton Tx

Painting and Drawing association / Light well Gallery / UNT Denton, Tx

500x Gallery / Fresh Meat/  juried by Cris Worley and Erick Swensen, Dallas Texas

Charity

2017-2018Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentorship program

2016 Donatation to Wipe out Kids Cancer

2015 Donation to St. Elizabeth's all girls school

2015 Donation for non profit charity, G03

2014 Donation non profit charity: creating water systems for third world contrives to grow their own food

Publications & interviews 

2017 Dallas Designing Dreams, Artist Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bmV8zdhpQk&t=305s

2017 Solo Exhibition Review from Mary Jane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uOQ33whoy0&t=43s

2016 Scott Gleeson. "Skinny Dip: An Interview with Kelsey Anne Heimerman." Peripheral Vision, Issue No. 1, 2016. www.peripheralvisionarts.org/journal/heimerman-gleeson

2016  Nasher Sculpture Center Press Release :  http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/pages/news-press/press-releases/news?id=89

2015 JoinTheStudio.com ; blog for rising avant-garde artist nation wide     

2014 Raw Paw Zine, issued in local venues in Austin, Texas and South by Southwest Festival