Jamie Kost attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and went on to receive her Master's Degree at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work. Kost has always had an interest in art and after raising her three sons she began taking mixed media classes and workshops around the country. It is during this period of time that she discovered her passion for art making. Kost has been mentored by 2 local professional artists/teachers who have inspired her in defining and developing her artistic style. Kost resides in the Chicago area where she works full time as an artist.
Jamie Kost has exhibited at the Evanston Art Center, The Art Center Highland Park, Spectrum Miami (during Art Basel), Artblend Gallery (Fort Lauderdale), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago) and Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA, Oct/Nov 2019 Chicago ). She has been published in East on Center and Studio Visit Magazine.
Kost is represented by Michael Joseph Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. and Chicago Art Consultant Lynn Kaladjian Manilow.
My body of mixed media work explores abstraction with geometry and minimalism as common themes. I enjoy experimenting with various styles and utilizing inventive materials and techniques. Strong design elements unite my art playing with shape, pattern, texture and space.
Rust has always been aesthetically pleasing to me and has influenced my recent body of work. I am drawn to its velvety earthy colors and nuanced surfaces with natural imperfections. The most exciting process creating this work is letting go of intentionality as the metal oxidizes and the deeply textured surface transforms and evolves into something infinitely fascinating.
My rust series are an exploration in contradictions, embodying boldness and subtlety along with complexity and simplicity. The modern geometric shapes combined with the organic and primitive texture of the rust create an unpredictable energy.
I work on wood panels using acrylic paint, rust, metal paint, ink and screens.