Kristen Reichert is a contemporary artist who creates realistic figures laden in vibrant color. Reichert began her career in southern California where she received a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. Originally from Kansas City, Reichert’s move to the west coast and her subsequent collection of eclectic adventures served as a major inspiration and source of growth within her work. The vibrant coastal culture that surrounded Reichert in her formative years as an artist is apparent in her work, which employs vivid color combinations to create entrancing figurative compositions.
Kristen’s current body of work features detailed oil portraits paired with smooth gradient backgrounds. She often features contrasting pairings in her work in order to embrace the beauty that lies in tension. Her work combines disparate mediums and techniques such as airbrushed acrylic, traditional oil portraiture, and saturated color glazes. This combination of the traditional versus the experimental illustrates Reichert’s deep interest in exploring and reinterpreting traditional practices. The resulting push and pull of her process seeps into the way her figures appear: close yet distant, realistic yet manufactured, strange yet familiar.