Artist of the Day: Katie Gastley


As I've mentioned before, I'm a sucker for text in paintings, so I was quite excited to see that artist Katie Gastley uses text from Moby Dick, cupcake recipes, and television theme songs in her work. Born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Katie has spent most of her time creating exciting things, and the rest of her time admiring exciting things from others. Whatever is left over at that point usually is spent commuting. Growing up with graphic designer parents, Katie would paint and draw her favorite rock stars with a great passion and declare that she would never, ever, in her entire life, be a graphic designer because it was incredibly boring and painting was so much more fun. Then, in 2002, she enrolled at Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, New York as a graphic design major.

To find out how to purchase Katie's work, and to see a gallery of her paintings, just read more

Fortunately for everyone, Katie is still painting. In her recent work, she has been experimenting with her love of typography. She paints only things she loves, and will probably not paint such things as “Still Life with Fruit” (unless it happens to be pineapples, which she loves). Today, Katie lives in New York City with her cat-children, Rocket and Bean, and illustrator boyfriend, Matthew Smith. When she is not painting exciting things, Katiea is a designer for Penguin Children’s Books. She is busy working on an upcoming show, pursuing freelance endeavors, inventing cupcake recipes, and all and all– has many balls in the air, demonstrating her amazing juggling feats (not coincidentally, the name of her current show). To purchase some of her artwork, go to Katie's Esty shop.

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