Katie Pell American, 1965-2019

Biography

Katie Pell was born in Wilmington, Delaware and lived and worked as an artist and art professor in San Antonio, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2010. Pell passed away in December 2019 surrounded by the art community of San Antonio.

 

She worked with glass, ceramic, video and recycled materials of all sorts; however, her true love was drawing. “I am inspired by the boardwalk, and congregating teenagers in general; operatic and dramatic music, like early Bruce Springsteen, and Polyphonic Spree, David Bowie... I want to know where genuine living and role-playing intersect. Some of us build our own mythology out of our environment, our desires and our own furious defiance at our genetic mediocrity. I hope my work can ignite or describe the excitement of our pointless and forgettable lives, and reaffirm the value of our gorgeous desperation.” - Katie Pell

 

She had solo exhibitions at Artpace, San Antonio, TX; Lawndale Center for the Arts, Houston, TX; McKinney Center for the Arts, Dallas, TX; Women & Their Work, Austin, TX and most recently at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina.

Her work has been included in exhibitions such as Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2006); Drawing in San Antonio:Works by Contemporary Area Artists, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; and TX13: Spotlight on Texas Artists in the Contemporary Collections, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX.

Works
  • Katie Pell, All of This for You, 2018
    Katie Pell
    All of This for You, 2018
    Pastel and charcoal on paper in mirrored plexiglass frame
    56.25 x 44.25 x 1.25"
  • Katie Pell, Edith Ivey, 2018
    Katie Pell
    Edith Ivey, 2018
    Charcoal on Paper
    24 x 20"
  • Katie Pell, Herbert Spoon, 2018
    Katie Pell
    Herbert Spoon, 2018
    Charcoal on Paper
    24 x 20"
  • Katie Pell, LaVonne Snyder , 2018
    Katie Pell
    LaVonne Snyder , 2018
    Charcoal on Paper
    24 x 20"
  • Katie Pell, Russell Fudge, 2018
    Katie Pell
    Russell Fudge, 2018
    Charcoal on Paper
    24 x 20"
  • Katie Pell, This is Your Day in the Clearing, 2018
    Katie Pell
    This is Your Day in the Clearing, 2018
    Pastel and charcoal on paper in mirrored plexiglass frame
    56.25 x 44.25 x 1.25"
  • Katie Pell, Gordon Lightfoot, 2017-2018
    Katie Pell
    Gordon Lightfoot, 2017-2018
    Mixed Media
    18 x 18"
  • Katie Pell, Keith Carrandine, 2017-2018
    Katie Pell
    Keith Carrandine, 2017-2018
    Mixed Media
    18 x 18"
  • Katie Pell, Kenny Loggins, 2017-2018
    Katie Pell
    Kenny Loggins, 2017-2018
    Mixed Media
    18 x 18"
  • Katie Pell, Pat Boone, 2017-2018
    Katie Pell
    Pat Boone, 2017-2018
    Mixed Media
    18 x 18"
  • Katie Pell, Rex Smith, 2017-2018
    Katie Pell
    Rex Smith, 2017-2018
    Mixed Media
    18 x 18"
  • Katie Pell, Roger Daltrey, 2017-2018
    Katie Pell
    Roger Daltrey, 2017-2018
    Mixed Media
    18 x 18"
  • Katie Pell, Branding Iron (Wiser), 2015
    Katie Pell
    Branding Iron (Wiser), 2015
    Vintage engraved travel iron on mirrored pedestal
    9 x 12 x 12"
  • Katie Pell, Don't Pity Me, Each Day I'm Stealing What God Never Gave Me, 2015
    Katie Pell
    Don't Pity Me, Each Day I'm Stealing What God Never Gave Me, 2015
    Vintage engraved toaster, stacked and melted vinyl record toast on mirrored pedestal
    13 x 12 x 12"
  • Katie Pell, Grace Elsey, 2015
    Katie Pell
    Grace Elsey, 2015
    Charcoal on Paper
    24 x 20"
  • Katie Pell, Hereafter Toaster, 2015
    Katie Pell
    Hereafter Toaster, 2015
    Vintage toaster with engraving, aluminum toast on mirrored pedestal
    13 x 12 x 12"
  • Katie Pell, Hope Higby, 2015
    Katie Pell
    Hope Higby, 2015
    Charcoal on Paper
    24 x 20"
  • Katie Pell, Minetta Carlisle, 2015
    Katie Pell
    Minetta Carlisle, 2015
    Charcoal on Paper
    24 x 20"
  • Katie Pell, Monty Martin, 2015
    Katie Pell
    Monty Martin, 2015
    Charcoal on Paper
    24 x 20"
  • Katie Pell, Natural Iron, 2015
    Katie Pell
    Natural Iron, 2015
    Vintage engraved travel iron with fur and wood burning on mirrored pedestal
    10 x 12 x 12"
  • Katie Pell, Tree Book: Bridge Diptych, 2010
    Katie Pell
    Tree Book: Bridge Diptych, 2010
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    27 x 37"
  • Katie Pell, Tree Book: Charlie Diptych, 2010
    Katie Pell
    Tree Book: Charlie Diptych, 2010
    Ink on Paper
    28 x 38"
  • Katie Pell, Tree Book: Clubhouse Diptych, 2010
    Katie Pell
    Tree Book: Clubhouse Diptych, 2010
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    27 x 37"
  • Katie Pell, Tree Book: Flat Rock Diptych, 2010
    Katie Pell
    Tree Book: Flat Rock Diptych, 2010
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    27 x 37"
  • Katie Pell, Tree Book: Freeze Diptych, 2010
    Katie Pell
    Tree Book: Freeze Diptych, 2010
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    28 x 38"
  • Katie Pell, Tree Book: Gaze Diptych, 2010
    Katie Pell
    Tree Book: Gaze Diptych, 2010
    Ink on Paper
    28 x 38"
  • Katie Pell, Tree Book: Kenny Diptych, 2010
    Katie Pell
    Tree Book: Kenny Diptych, 2010
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    28 x 38"
  • Katie Pell, Tree Book: Mutley Diptych, 2010
    Katie Pell
    Tree Book: Mutley Diptych, 2010
    Ink on Paper
    28 x 38"
  • Katie Pell, Tree Book: Nursing Home Diptych, 2010
    Katie Pell
    Tree Book: Nursing Home Diptych, 2010
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    27 x 37"
  • Katie Pell, Tree Book: Parfait Diptych, 2010
    Katie Pell
    Tree Book: Parfait Diptych, 2010
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    27 x 37"
  • Katie Pell, Tree Book: The Creek Diptych, 2010
    Katie Pell
    Tree Book: The Creek Diptych, 2010
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    27 x 37"
  • Katie Pell, The Woods: Carrie is a Fox , 2008
    Katie Pell
    The Woods: Carrie is a Fox , 2008
    Wax crayon and thread on fabric
    93.5 x 28"
  • Katie Pell, The Woods: Untitled, 2008
    Katie Pell
    The Woods: Untitled, 2008
    Wax crayon and thread on fabric
    96 x 28"
Exhibitions