What makes KC Lockrem’s Art special is that she is able to translate her abundant
energy into color that flows to the canvas with each stroke of her brush or in layers upon layers of mixed media. While Lockrem finds inspiration from artists such as Hunt
Slonem, Beatriz Milhazes, Nick Cave, Joseph Cornell, Byard Hollins, Mark Rothko and
Clyfford Still her work is truly her own and it is unexpected. At first you become attached
to her work through color but look closely and you will forever find details that you have
yet to see before. Layers of fabric, gold leaf, candy wrappers, swatches of old paintings
and a formal background in studio art generate personal depth and artistic narration.
Beyond the layers of mixed media you find pop culture, modernism, spiritual symbolism,
including elements of Lockrem’s personal life experiences. Lockrem describes her work
as an essence.
“I wish to captivate timeless images for generations to enjoy. Beauty embodies a
heightened awareness of the senses that brings one into the narrative. This ultimately
invites the viewer to transcend in the moment or to simply participate in the dialogue.
My creative process starts with prayer and that translates into a soulful integration of
intuition and the “creative zone”. Painting on this level is very visceral and exposed. It
showcases to the onlooker the inside out of my existence. Vulnerability and strength
allow for honest and humbled emotions to be interpreted into a dance, sometimes
leading and sometimes following.”
KC Lockrem’s work has been exhibited from coast to coast in galleries and museums
since 1991. She received her BFA in Painting from the School of Visual Arts in New
York City and has studied painting at RISD, the University of Arizona, the Art Institute of
Chicago and the San Francisco Art Institute. Lockrem spent many summers at the
Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colorado learning from a variety of “greats”
like James Surls, Jane Hammond, Deb Oden and Willie Birch. At the beginning of 2014
KC approached her brother, an award-winning photographer Brown W. Cannon III
about collaboration. She had seen a series of his new photographs printed in tones of
gold that got her thinking. This visionary partnership has resulted in a unique new
format that is sure to impress.