Upcoming and Current Exhibitions
Sixteen piece collection launches Thursday, September 13th 2019 at www.lizapruitt.com/shop-art
Liza Pruitt| Richmond, Virginia
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Courtney Khail paints vibrant, contemporary watercolors that celebrate the complex stories of Southern women.
Contemporary artist Courtney Khail lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.
Originally from Augusta, Khail studied visual arts at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School for eight years before going onto receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Scientific Illustration from The University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art.
Working primarily with watercolors and ink, Khail’s work explores her fascination with the metaphorical talents of flowers- specifically their ability to capture and reflect the complexities and juxtapositions present within each of us.
Greatly influenced by her background in scientific illustration, Khail’s work combines expressive, intricate line work with abstracted color and form, resulting in vibrant paintings that blur the line between the natural and the man made.
Her work has been featured in various publications and websites including The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Food Network, Southern Living, and CommonCreativATL. In 2017 she was voted “Atlanta’s Best Emerging Visual Artist” by Creative Loafing Magazine, and in 2018 the Georgia Council for the Arts commissioned Khail to create a custom painting for the First Lady of Georgia, Sandra Deal. (To see a complete list, please see the “Press” tab.)
About the Work
Flowers are not a new subject matter in art- from Dutch still life painters to Warhol, artists throughout history have utilized them in their works. And while undoubtedly aesthetically pleasing, to me the true beauty of flowers lies in their metaphorical talents. Whether referencing life, death, happiness, or sorrow, flowers have an uncanny ability to capture and portray the full gamut of human emotions.
By altering something as simple as the composition of its petals, or as intricate as my line work, I am able to utilize that gift and tell a story through my art.
From afar, my works appear to consist simply of vibrantly painted botanicals, yet upon closer inspection, their depth is revealed. Utilizing a variety of dynamic lines, I encourage the viewer's gaze to slow – guiding them throughout the painting so they may fully experience the nuances and complexities that first impressions so often miss.
Recently I've been experimenting with using flowers to express vulnerability and self discovery (specifically in relation to the complex stories of Southern women.) By combining traditional subject matter with contemporary compositions, vibrant colors, and expressive line work, I capture the dualities– creating paintings that are at once both delicate and fragile, while simultaneously brazen and bold.