This series “Krewe des Femmes” is a celebration of powerful, talented, and hardworking women. My goal was to portray women as complex on the outside as they are on the inside. I use heavy, confident brushstrokes and combine pastel and vibrant colors to create a striking contrast. These colorful expressions are highly influenced by my life in New Orleans. I am constantly inspired by the beautiful colors of the city’s architecture, nature and carnivals. The name of the series is inspired by female Mardi Gras krewes. In this collection, I apply layers of spray paint, oil and acrylics, along with different 3D elements in order to make every piece as unique as the women I portray.
My continuing exploration of reflective surfaces is expressed through the incorporation of gold leaf, holographic paper, and reversible sequin fabric into the paintings. This interest in reflective surfaces stems from my childhood in Russia admiring lavishly gilded interiors of churches and museums. Looking up at the mysterious golden worlds inside the reflections, I admired the ephemeral play between the surfaces and objects around them. My use of these surfaces creates artworks that reflect their surroundings just as we are reflections of the people around us.
36″ x 45″
Acrylics, glitter, gold leaf, foam plumerias on canvas
About the Artist
Kate Tova is a full-time contemporary artist currently living and working in San Francisco. In her recent work, she experiments with vibrant, large-scale multimedia artworks, incorporating reflective mediums and think textures.
Kate was born in the small riverside town of Balakovo, Russia. As a child, she demonstrated early virtuosity in visual arts and soon moved to Moscow to expand her opportunities in the busy capital. Her constant urge to create and experiment won her recognition across Russia, Europe and the United States. In 2015 she moved to New Orleans, where she began working as a full-time artist. After four bright and successful years in the Big Easy, she moved once more to San Francisco.