Dana Louise Kirkpatrick was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1976. She was raised in Washington, D.C. and studied Fine Arts at Georgetown University, graduating with honors in 2001. While attending the university, she received the DaVinci Medal for Excellence in Studio Art and the Misty Dailey Award for Outstanding Work in Studio Art.
Kirkpatrick’s bold, large-scale artworks sample literature, Modern Art, street art, and German neo-expressionism. These mixed media works, often populated by a motley crew and cast of characters, tell stories, stories of the disaffected, the marginalized, and the voiceless, stories of Kirkpatrick’s own. She grapples with the dichotomies and contradictions embedded in contemporary Western culture, religion, and humanity, using forceful iconography and a highly expressive technique. Her work and confessional visual language, inspired by confessional artists Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, grows from her fascination with, and empathy for, the constant existential duel between the isolated individual and the shared awareness of the group. Avoiding sentimentality, the work of Dana Louise Kirkpatrick seeks to establish an intimate connection with viewers while engaging them with the unrestricted exploration of universal emotions.
Kirkpatrick lives and works between New York City and Los Angeles. She has studied at The Art Students League of New York and is also an art curatorial consultant for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Her first Los Angeles solo exhibition— Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed was presented in Los Angeles in 2013. The exhibition catalog included commentary by Kirkpatrick’s mentor visual artist Raymond Pettibon, who expertly articulates the impact of her work:
“Dana Louise’s art is wide-varied and inimitable—not an easy trick, or rather gift. Each and every work, whatever the medium, will take you somewhere unexpected. And you won’t be disappointed on the rerun; rather, enthused. She also has a love for art and other forms of expression and their philanthropy. Bless her for that. The real thing. Dana Louise Kirkpatrick’s works has the charm of its own distinction: individual in the best way, but also with an engaging openness and willingness to share, to communicate. This is Art.”
Much in demand by collectors worldwide, Kirkpatrick’s critically acclaimed works are an almost instant sell-out when presented at local and international art fairs. She has taken part in numerous group shows and donated work to many charity auctions for organizations such as the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Silverlake Conservatory of Music, MusiCares and GRAMMY foundation, Surfers Healing, LIFT, Project Angel Food, an the Art of Elysium.