Katherine Ace finds inspiration in art from ancient times to the present and has an ongoing fascination with both figurative and still life painting. Her work posits, plays with and subverts realism, creating intriguing contraries and opposites. She synthesizes different materials, such as paper, small objects, insect wings, zippers/holes and digital/video into the paint and fabric of her paintings to create new meanings.


Ace is originally from Chicago and has a BA from Knox College, Galesburg, IL. Her work has been featured in numerous shows and collections including the Ellen Noel Art Museum, TX; Elmhurst Art Museum, IL; Portland Art Museum; Portland State University, Littman Gallery; the Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle; Tacoma Art Museum; and Southern Oregon State University, Ashland. Commissions include US Bank Portland and Paragon, Inc., Seattle.