Bio

Jamie Kost is a self-taught artist who resides in the Chicago area. She 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 been interested in art since a child and after raising her three sons she turned her passion into a full-time profession. Kost's paintings for 2 consecutive years appear in the juried publication, East on Central, a Journal of Arts and Letters. The Evanston Art Center featured Kost's paintings at its Winter Arts and Crafts Expo 2016 and 2017 juried shows. Her work was chosen (February 2017) to be on display at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Koenig Rubloff Realty Group's new building located in Highland Park, Illinois. Kost was also selected to be one of the featured artists in the juried art book, Studio Visit Magazine's Winter 2018 edition.

 Kost is represented by Chicago Art Consultant Lynn Kaladjian Manilow, Artblend Gallery and Michael Joseph Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.  She exhibited with Artblend Gallery in December(2018) at Spectrum Miami, a curated contemporary art show during Art Basel week in Miami, Fl. In January 2019, Kost exhibited with Michael Joseph Gallery at Art Palm Beach, an international contemporary art show in its 22nd year. In April, Kost is exhibiting at The Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), ‘Abstractly Speaking’ juried show highlighting non-representational abstract art. Kost will be exhibiting with Michael Joseph Gallery in October 2019 at Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago.

Kost's work can be found in private collections.

 
 

Artist Statement

My body of mixed media work explores abstraction with geometry and minimalism as common themes.  I have enjoyed 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.