Kate Trafeli is an American-British painter and curator currently based in London, UK. She makes her works in a north London studio held by arts charity Collage Arts. You can view a video of Kate in studio here.
Colour synesthesia, symbols/shapes and visible brushstrokes evoke mood and narrative in Kate's works. The fragments visible in her paintings originate out of many avenues: literature and music, architecture, light’s effect on the picture plane. Her practice is grounded in moments and histories from her own and others’ lives, expressed through abstraction and mark making. Kate's paintings seem familiar and yet otherworldly, with the representational components providing touchstones for the viewer while evading definite answers. The resulting ‘story-pictures’ evoke a pull and emotion, causing a resonance between the viewer and her works.
Because Kate has lived most her life between worlds, growing up in the Western United States, a cowgirl who longed for city lights and a sense history, moving on to Boston then to New Orleans, later Los Angeles and onward to London and even further to Northern Italy, she is both an outsider and an intense observer of the world around her.
Kate has synesthesia - a condition in which one sense or feeling is simultaneously perceived by one or more additional senses. In her case, colours signify feelings or memories. ‘Blue’ could signify memory and belonging in the context of a work. A different shade could signify sorrow and longing. Kate explores these concepts in several formats; this results in a dichotomy between her works that resemble storming sea or landscapes and more 'magical realism' works. A merging of the abstract and figurative — normally conflicting ways of ‘seeing’ the world — is therefore a significant aspect of her work.
For updates on current shows please check the "News" page on this site, or Kate's Instagram page. To discuss commissions or meeting at Kate's North London studio (by appointment), please contact Kate. Regarding Kate's curation work, please review the @katmapped information here.
For London-based collectors and enquiries: Kate is currently represented by After Nyne Contemporary; in Japan she is working with Biome KOBE. Due to the online worldwide pandemic's effect on gallery shows, Kate is making some work available out of her studio. She also creates smaller works from time to time during lockdown periods in London as part of the #ArtistSupportPledge initiative.
Kate shows her work in solo and group shows with well regarded galleries and agents such as The London Art Fair and Saatchi Art's The Other Art Fair in London, Los Angeles and New York. Kate welcomes and has created numerous large scale commissions, please contact her directly regarding these projects. She also participates in collaborative efforts with other artists, including curating and creating exhibitions.
Thank you for your interest in Kate's work.