Kate Pincus-Whitney

Colorful tables set with patterned tablecloths, and laden with food, books, and candles fill Kate Pincus-Whitney’s paintings. Her flat still life compositions approximate both the view of a diner and that of the artist herself, since her stereo blindness inhibits her ability to perceive depth. In 2020, Pincus-Whitney exhibited the “Theater of the Dinner Table” series at her MFA student show at the Rhode Island School of Design: the works in this series were painted horizontally on wooden doors and explored the theatrics of communal meals. She had her New York City debut with the solo exhibition “Feast in the Neon Jungle” the following year at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery. Her works, such as Feast in the Neon Jungle: Home Harvest (2020), are characterized by loose, whimsical brushstrokes reminiscent of the illustrations you might find in a vintage 1950s cookbook, a common source of inspiration for the artist alongside Nabis artists such as Pierre Bonnard and Fauvists such as Henri Matisse. Pincus-Whitney’s tablescapes often tell a narrative about an individual or scenario, and symbolize both literal and metaphorical consumption.