Have you met…Iona Kleinhaut?

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and other I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The artist I’d like to introduce is the painter Iona Kleinhaut, and she was recommended to me by Anne Russinof.

"Installation grid of my work at my studio in NYC."

“Installation grid of my work at my studio in NYC.” IK

Iona Kleinhaut lives and works in New York City. She has exhibited at The New Museum, The Drawing Center, The Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Painting Center, all located in New York City. In addition, she was included in exhibitions at The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT and The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, N.J. Her work has been shown at several university art galleries, including Parsons School of Design, Hostos College Art Gallery, and the Neiman Gallery of Columbia University, all in New York City. Ms Kleinhaut has had her work reviewed in several publications, including The New York Times and Art Critical.

Iona Kleinhaut has participated in residencies from The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, The Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY, The Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY and the BAU Foundation, Otranto,Italy. She was a Visiting Artist at The American Academy in Rome in July 2012. Ms. Kleinhaut earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University, NYC. In addition, she has studied printmaking at the Scoula Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy as well as Manhattan Graphics and The Lower East Side Printshop. Ms. Kleinhaut is an adjunct instructor in visual arts at Empire State College, State University of New York. She teaches drawing, painting and mixed media monoprinting.

60 by 40 oil on canvas 2013

60 X 40 inches oil on canvas 2013            Photo Steven P. Harris

Artist Statement

“Looking is a process of searching. The works are built up with a slow physicality. Layers intertwine; the image dissolves, evolves, and recreates itself yet again. A web structure emerges. The webbing defines, protects, smothers. Thick with both landscape and bodyscape, the tension in these works is heightened by the multiplicity of interpretations.”

Iona Kleinhaut

oil on canvas 24x24 inches 2013 photo: Stephen P. Harris

oil on canvas 24×24 inches 2013    photo: Steven P. Harris

Other material relating to Iona Kleinhaut.

Artcritical: Emily Berger and Iona Kleinhaut.

Columbia University: Iona Kleinhaut.

ArtSlant: Iona Kleinhaut.

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