Cathy Pitts is an award-winning, international contemporary artist. She trained at an early age in piano, dance and acting, which she fully integrates in the development of her work. She graduated with a BFA from UCLA in theater and set design. She has been painting and creating art for four decades. She is the protege of her mentor Kwok Wai Lau, who she has intensely studied with for close to 20 years. Lau is a former faculty member of the International Art School, Hong Kong, guest lecturer for The Art Institute of Chicago, and graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1950's.
The movement of dance, the rhythm of music, the large scale of the set, the drama and power of color are the foundation of her work. Light is a central theme in all of her paintings, representing life and hope. Glass and reflective surfaces as subjects, provide a landscape where the artist choreographs the movement of the shimmering light. Pitts is known for her versatility with the ability to paint in many different styles and themes. As a female artist the theme of the power of women and their light reappears throughout her portfolios.
Her work has been selected, exhibited and awarded in over 50 national and international juried exhibitions by prominent curators from the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney, Guggenheim and MOMA/New York, to name a few, and world renowned art critics, Donald Kuspit, Phyllis Tuchman, and Kenneth Baker. She entered the international stage as an invited featured artist representing the US for 4 years at Art Revolution Taipei. Sponsored by the New York Contemporary Art Fund in 2013, she had an unprecedented sold-out show VIP night. Her work traveled throughout Taiwan showing at the X Power Gallery, Bellavita Gallery and the Kelti Gallery in Taipei, and the Baosheng Galleries in Taichung and Kaoshiung. She was the commissioned artist for the 2010 Vail Jazz Festival and cover artist of the CEO International Magazine.
Her work has been featured in many publications, such as Chinese Contemporary Art News, Art Investment Magazine, Arch Magazine, Reve Magazine, Vogue, Marie Claire, Artist Magazine (Asia) and Palm Springs Life Magazine, to name a few. She has dedicated many years to private commissions to collectors nationwide and is in private and public collections worldwide. The artist is now developing an exciting new portfolio in her Palm Springs studio to be released soon.
Recognition & Awards
COLONEL J. MORALES AWARD
The American Artists Professional League 92nd Grand National Exhibition, Juried by Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief, "Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine (on-line 2020)
MOST INNOVATIVE PAINTING AWARD
National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society International Spring On-Line Exhibition 2020 for Light Tapestry
ARTIST SELECTION AWARD
Korean Cultural Center, 23rd National Contemporary Art Exhibition, Juried by Max Presneill, Director of the Torrence Art Museum and Erin Christovale, Associate Curator, Hammer Museum. Korean Cultural Center Gallery, Los Angeles.
FRED BIRD MEMORIAL AWARD
2010 Palm Springs Art Museum ACE Exhibition, Juried by Martin Gammon, Bonhams and Butterfield
FIRST PLACE LENORE SEGAN AWARD
Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation 2008-2009 National Visual Arts Competition, Hollis Taggart Gallery, Manhattan, New York
KIM AND MARION LEONARD AWARD FOR OIL PAINTING
Will's Creek Survey 2007 National Exhibition, Cumberland, Maryland, Juried by Jeffrey Allison, Director of Education, Paul Mellon Collection.
FOURTH PLACE AWARD
Gallery Manchester National Juried Fine Art Exhibition 2007, Juried by Dr. Jefferson C. Harrison, Chief Curator, Chrysler Museum of Art
BEST OF SHOW PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM NATIONAL
37th National Exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California
THIRD PLACE AWARD
2004 Palm Springs Art Museum ACE Exhibition