Kim McCarty

Like blurry afterimages drifting past closed eyelids, Kim McCarty's watercolors hover between presence and absence, innocence and wisdom, and past, present, and future. Working rapidly, at times using only a single color and at others a haunting, bruise-inspired palette of acid yellows, greens, and browns, McCarty's portraits evoke the sense of uncertainty, ambivalence, anxiety, and loss with which we view today's generation. A graduate of UCLA (MFA) and the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (BFA), McCarty solo exhibitions include Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York and David Klein Gallery., Detroit MI., Kim Light Gallery; Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, Briggs Robinson, New Yok,  Group exhibitions include, LA Emerging Artists, at the Dominique Fiat Gallery. Liquid Los Angeles: Contemporary Watercolor, Pasadena Museum of Art. Erotic Drawing, Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut. McCarty is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, UCLA Hammer Museum and the Honolulu Academy of Art.


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born Los Angeles, CA


University of California at Los Angeles, M.F.A.
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, B.F.A.



Kim McCarty New Work Morgan Lehman Gallery,  New York,  NY, October 26 - December 9


Kim McCarty, From the Studio, David Klein Gallery,  Detroit, MI

Maloney Fine Art, January 10- February 21, Culver City, CA

Morgan Lehman Gallery, May 7- June 17, New York, NY 2013
Kim McCarty Paints, Santa Monica Museum, Santa Monica, CA, (catalog) 2012
David Klein Gallery, Detroit MI,
Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY, (catalog)

Lightbox Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI

Kim McCarty, cherry and martin, Los Angeles, CA

Kim Mcarty, Briggs Robinson Gallery, New York, NY

Under Glass, cherrydelosreyes, Los Angeles, CA
Watercolors, Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

Kim McCarty, Rebecca Ibel, Columbus, Ohio
Kim McCarty, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna, CA

Kim McCarty, Recent Paintings, De Chiara/ Stewart, New York, NY

Drawings, Works on Paper Inc. Los Angeles, CA (catalog)



Watercolor, Sansiao Gallery, Tokyo Japan

Best in Show, That That Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

My Kid Could Do That, curated by Kyle DeWoody , Underground Museum, Los Angeles, CA

As You Like It, Prez Delavallade, Los Angeles, CA

The Cat Show, Los Angeles, CA


Chrome Hearts installation,  Miami Beach, Fl

The Wing Soho,  New York, NY

Artists for ICA LA,  Chrisities Los Angeles, CA  September 14 - October 3

About Face,  South Hampton Arts Guild, NY

Who is Joan Quinn, Cornell Art Museum, Cornell NY


Water/Bodies,South Hampton Arts Guild, NY
Love Potions, Kim McCarty, Mona Kuhn, Roger Herman, Maloney Fine Art, Culver City, CA

Billboard Creative,  Los Angeles, CA
Elective Affinities, Juliao Sarmento Collector, Fundacao Carmona e Costa, Lisbon, Portugal
Paper-Work, Maloney Fine Art, Culver City, CA

Watercolor, Griffin Fine Art, London, England
New York Armory, David Klein Gallery, New York

Wet, Kim McCarty/Natalie Franks, Eden Rock Gallery, St Barthes,
Fresh, MOCA,Los Angeles, CA 
Selling Sex, Showstudio, London, England
Twisted Sister, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY 2011
Eve, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles CA

Dis-a-pear, Island Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
Fresh Figures and Abstraction, Scott White Gallery, San Diego, CA


Blue, Blue, Kim Light/Lightbox Gallery, Culver City, CA
Draw the Line, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Dillitantes, Divas and Dandies, Gavlak Projects, Palm Beach, FL
Watercolorland, Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Ces Enfants Etranges, Shore institute of the Arts, New Jersey
Black Dragon Society exhibition, Black Dragon, Los Angeles
California Contemporary Art, Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Artists Portraits of Artists, Pace University Gallery, New York, NY

Empty Nest, The Changing Face of Childhood in Art, 1880 to the present
Nathan A Bernstein Gallery, New York, November 1st to January 12, 2008, catalog
Hammer Contemporary Collection: Part 2, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Unexpected Watercolor, Lee Center for the Arts, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

100 artists, 100 hundred watercolors, Jeannie Freilich Fine Art, New York, NY

Figuratively Speaking, Part 2, Elika Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY
LA: Now, Dominique Fiat Galerie, Paris, Framce

Contemporary Erotic Drawings, DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas
Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT, (catalog)
Liquid Los Angeles,: Currents of Contemporary Watercolor Painting Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
The Unexpected Watercolor, The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Portland, Oregon
Painted Ladies, William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA,(catalog)


Drawn to the Present, Pace University Gallery, Pleasantville, NY
What's Doin?, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
Summer Group Show, Cherrydelosreyes, Los Angeles, CA
Expect: Art, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
Behind Door Nine, UCSB University Art Museum, Santa Barbara. CA


International Paper, UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, 
(catalog) Smoking Pencils Rolling Papers, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
The Great Drawing Show 1550-2003, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Biosystems, USC Institute of Genetic Medicine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA2002
What a Painting Can Do, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Re-Configuration, Central Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing, China (catalog)
Re-Configuration, Modern Chinese Art Foundation, Ghent, Belgium

H20, Works On Paper, Inc. Los Angeles, CA
For Example, Acuna Hansen, Los Angeles, CA
Paintings, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio


Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Microsoft Collection, Seattle, WI
Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York, NY
Latham and Watkins, New York, NY
Neuburger and Berman, Los Angeles, CA
Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii


Vogue, Irene Neuwirth, index, March 2013.
Huffington Post, Boys and Girls Brings Uncertain Humanity to Morgan Lehman Gallery, November 14, 2012.
Elist Jasmine, Subliminal Projects Gallery “Eve” is all about Female Creation. LA Times. July 28, 2011.
S.R. Leher, Kim McCarty At Kim Light/Lightbox, Los Angeles, Art on Paper, September/October 2009.
Miles, Christopher, Kim McCarty, LA Weekly, April 30, 2009.
Drohojoswka-Philp, Hunter, Artist's Pick, Artnews, February, 2006.
Pincus, Robert, "Ladies and Dreamscapes", The San Diego Union Tribune, June 30, 2005.
Genocchio, Benjamin, "Erotic Goes Mainstream," The New York Times, Sunday, May 8, 2005.
Karlins, N.F. "Teenage Tempest", Artnet, Thursday, April 7, 2005.
Lombardi, D. Dominick, "Drawn to the Present", The New York Times, Sunday, October 17, 2004.
Jones, Lesli, "Step into Liquid", Art on Paper, July/August, 2004.
Frank, Peter, "Mark Steven Greenfield, LA Woman," Pick of the week, LA Weekly, May 4-10, 2004.
Wood, Eve , Mojo Rising," Artnet, May 2, 2004.
Pence, Elizabeth, "LA Woman," Artweek, May, 2004.
Green, Tyler, "DC Dairy, Revival of Painting," Artnet, March 17, 2004.
New American Painting, 49th Edition, 2003, (cover).
El-Diri, Hanadi, "Youth," An-Nahar, Beirut, Lebanon, July 3, 2003.
Mageean, Sean, "The Dreams of Children, New Watercolors, by Kim McCarty," The Independent, June 12, 2003.
Donelon, Charles, "Brutal Youth," Santa Barbara News Press, May 2003.
Frank, Peter, "International Paper," Art on Paper, April 2003.
Chen, Eva, "Artists," Elle Magazine, April 2003.
Dambrot, Shana Nys, "Kim McCarty at cherrydelosreyes," Artweek, March 2003.
Knight, Christopher, "Drawing Not Toeing the Line," Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2003.
Ohlman, Leah, "Teens Stripped of Their Veneer," Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2003.