Kayleigh Starr

Artist Statement
Artist Bio

Kayleigh Starr was born in Pennsylvania in 1992. She is a fine artist based in New York City. She had traveled to China for extended periods of time during her study at the University of the Arts. Her experiences with Chinese culture, and being foreign to it, has influenced her painting. She aims to create paintings that act as a reflection of reality, a type of perceptual painting. Her work features photographs taken by her father in the Middle East, intended to be “lenses” in which to look into an incomprehensible reality. The paintings aim to utilize both the language and histories of photography and painting. A blur, a smear, or a frame are used to show the distortions of what we see, both found in the real world and through art.


2014 BA with Honors University of the Arts (Painting/Drawing)


2013 Great Spruce Head Island Art Week, ME


2014 - Looking Through the Back of The Mirror. Senior Thesis Exhibition, University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA.

2013 - Susquehanna Art Society Annual Judged Art Show. Degenstein Library, Sunbury, PA.

Private Commission:

Eleven paintings for Diao Xi Ping, an art collector in China


2014 Ernest Greenfield Annual Memorial Award in Painting

2013 George R. Bunker Fine Arts Summer Study Award

2013 The Roberta Treatman Eisenberg Memorial Scholarship

2013 Honorable Mention at Susquehanna Art Society Annual Judged Art Show

2013 The Viola Foulke Scholarship

2012 The Viola Foulke Scholarship

2012 The Thomas Skelton Harrison Scholarship

2012 Gerge R. Bunker Memorial Scholarship

Looking Through, 2014oil painting on back of mirror, 28” x 26 ½”

These Shadows A, 2014, oil painting on Steel, 36” x 26 ¼”

 Chalk, 2014drawing on chalkboard