Kerry Damianakes (Alum)

Born 1949, Alameda, California
Practiced at Creative Growth 1983-2018

Kerry Damianakes has a powerful manipulation of her materials that consumes the page with a frenetic vigor. Working in a bold and colorful style, she recreates images of her favorite foods in a particular blend of recipe-based Pop “serial-ity”. With a love of clean and simple form bounded by strong, black line work, each composition is always accompanied by a caption-like border that details each meal or nature-based study with an almost scientific exactness—a matter-of-fact timestamp that chronicles the banal with an otherwise energetic, uniquely activated script. Her expressionistic drawings of fish, flowers, holidays and food reflect her dynamic personality as well as her innermost cravings. Kerry indulges by depicting everything from classic comforts like “Grilled Cheese with Potato Chips” and “Cream of Tomato Soup” to more delectable guilty pleasures like “Vanilla Cake Cherry Frosting For Dessert.”

Kerry’s work has been widely exhibited both at Creative Growth and in outside shows including those at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, the Oakland International Airport, and the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in Korea. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Wynn Newhouse Award, a grant awarded by the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation to artists of excellence that happen to have disabilities.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018
Visual Oasis: Works from Creative Growth, Carson City

2015
The 2014 Wynn Newhouse Awards Exhibition, Palitz Gallery at Syracuse University Lubin House, New York

2013
Outsider Artists, Oakland Museum of California at the Oakland International Airport, curated by Philip Linhares
Breaking Barriers, Marin Community Foundation, Novato

2012
Different and Special, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea
Paper Magazine’s Superduper Market, New York

2011
Boxed Foods, San Francisco

2010
In The House, MadMusée, Belgium
Public Bikes, San Francisco

2006
Berenberg Gallery, Boston
Visionary Output: Work by Creative Growth Artists, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco