Originals

About the Artist

Katie Commodore resides in Brooklyn, with all the other artists, where she spends her days painting incredibly detailed pattern based erotic portraits of her exhibitionist friends and watching bad daytime television. Her parents are very proud.


Over the past few years, Katie Commodore’s artwork has concentrated on creating intimate portraits of her friends, often focusing on how they express their sexuality. Not whether they prefer men or women, but sexuality in the broader sense- what is it that makes them feel sexy, how do they express that physically, and how has it changed over the years?

We change out clothes every season, our physical appearance through body modification, loosing weight, gaining weight, tattoos, etc; we change our kinks and sexual preferences partner to partner, year to year. Our sexuality, and how we feel about it, is in constant flux; the same way that we redecorate our homes, change the wallpaper and curtains, change the sheets.

Commodore likens this subtle change in how her friends express themselves to the way society also expresses its collective self through decorative patterns. In a round about way, it can be looked at as a meter of a population’s “sexuality”- the public expression of the private. Bright colors, vibrant patterns, clean lines, and minimal decoration all provide a window into the personalities that chose or created them. Historians and anthropologists often use the decorative remnants (pots, jewelry, frescos, etc.) of past cultures to gain valuable insight into the lives of the people that created them, the same sort of cultural portrait can be drawn from our design choices today.

Katie Commodore has exhibited all over the United States, and Europe, including England, Italy, Germany and Greece. She has her undergraduate degree from Maryland Institute, College of Art and her Masters of Fine Art degree from Rhode Island School of Design. Currently she lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Solo Exhibitions:

2009 Katie Commodore: Scrimshaws, Baby Grand
New York, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2011 Man as Object, Reversing the Gaze, SOMArts
San Francisco, California, will continue on to the Kinsey Institute
London vs. New York, space fiftyfour
London, England

2010 Make Room, Spattered Columns
New York, New York
Summer Show, One Way Gallery
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Art + Architecture Show, The Gowanus Ballroom
Brooklyn, New York

2009 Fortress to Solitude, the Portrait Show, Fortress to Solitude
Brooklyn, New York
The New Romance, The Ada Street Gallery
London, England
The Love Show, Spread Art
Brooklyn, New York
Art on Records, APW Gallery
Long Island City, Queens, New York

2008 The Body as Image, the Philoctetes Center
New York, New York
Art.Fair 21, McCaig Welles and Rosenthal Gallery (Brooklyn and San Francisco)
Koln, Germany
RISD Biennial, The Old American Can Factory
Brooklyn, New York
Spring Group Show, Four Walls Gallery
Portland, Maine
XXX, Four Walls Gallery
Portland, Maine

2007 Girls! Girls! Girls!, Four Walls Gallery
Portland, Maine
Square Foot, Dieu Donne Paper Mill
New York, New York
Return to Wonderland, Wonderland Collective
Queens, New York

2006 Kindling Letterpress, 193C Presents
Brooklyn, New York
AE Summer Group Show, Smith on Smithfield
London, England
RISD Biennial, Exit Art
New York, New York

2005 New Erotix, Art @ Large,
New York, New York (Honorable Mention Combined Media)

2004 Printmaking Portfolios and Thesis Books Exhibit, Sol Koffler Gallery
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
fresh: the hottest new art from risd graduate students, Sol Koffler Gallery
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
Masters Thesis Exhibition, The RISD Museum of Art
Providence, Rhode Island
Pulp: works on paper, Sol Koffler Gallery
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
Contemporary Prints by African American Artists, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut
Prints!, Temple University Rome
Rome, Italy

2003 NonSequitor, Tap Room
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
Printmaking and Digital Media Group Exhibition, Sol Koffler Gallery
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
Arches Student Print Show, 808 Gallery
Boston University, Massachusetts (catalogue)
Received Juror’s Commendation Award

2002 Girls! Girls! Girls!, Gallery 13
Danbury, Connecticut
Mixed Media Invitational 2002, Period Gallery
Omaha, Nebraska (catalogue)

2001 Small Works, Gallery 13
Danbury, Connecticut
Gaze, Bennington College
Bennington, Vermont
Fiber Arts 2001, Gallery 510 Artists’ Guild, Ltd.
Decatur, Illinois
Mixed Media III International Internet Exhibition, Period Gallery
Omaha, Nebraska
Mixed Media III, Period Gallery
Omaha, Nebraska (catalogue)
15” x 15”: Alumni Show, Maryland Institute, College of Art
Baltimore, Maryland

2000 The Collective, Downtown Athletic Society
Baltimore, Maryland