Kit Night

 

This page could be filled with all the usual dry stuff about Kit Night's development as an artist, but we won't bore you with that. Suffice to say that Kit did the art school thing, got her BFA from University, summa cum laude, is in collections across the country, and has won awards from Maryland to California including (of course!) the National Orange Show.

Night’s work has received praise from art critic, essayist and Pulitzer Prize winner John Updike, jazz composer and pianist Marian McPartland and best-selling author Leonard Shlain.

“My work is influenced by Jazz. Miles, Coltrane, Dizzy, Evans, Brubeck. And, as Count Basie used to refer to him, "Oscar Pete." I love listening to the old guys tell their stories, talk about their struggles. Listening to Jazz Profiles on NPR, it's like hanging out with them late at night. The music is alive, always changing. They push space. They push themselves to take risks. This is what I try to do with my paintings.

What else inspires me as an artist? Color, of course. I get endorphins from it! I love creating radiant light with color. And, space. I like to push the envelope by shoving flattened abstracted space up against "realistic," deep space. It's like riding the edge on a sailboard or skiing downhill fast. The thrill is enjoying the ride and not knowing if you're going to crash. Some of the artists I admire and continue to learn from are the innovative Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock printmakers like Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utagawa, and painters of Persian miniatures. Also, painters such as Diebenkorn, Hockney, Giacometti, Jacob Lawrence, and Matisse, always Matisse.

I'm interested in the cross-pollination of the arts. There are great parallels between what makes a good story and a good painting, between what makes spatially dynamic dance and music: strong characters, tension, advancing the plot, surprise, tempo, the pieces distilled to their essence.

 
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