A man rides a horse in front of a dessert landscape

Kyle Kilty’s paintings depict highly detailed and intricate singular worlds. Every inch of the canvas vibrates with clustered signs, scribbles, and other marks that invite close looking and a sharp attention to detail. The works often feature large, overarching compositional elements, such as oblong circles, arches, or pits. These primary forms are often accompanied by tiny, teeming symbols and figures, achieving a balance of harmony and chaos. Each painting Kilty makes is a fantastical imagined universe jam-packed with evocative but elusive symbols.


Kyle Kilty (b. 1976, South Lake Tahoe, California) received a BA from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1999 and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2001. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the studio of Elliott Hundley, Los Angeles (2020); Kinkead Contemporary, Culver City, California (2008); Creative Artists Agency, Beverly Hills (2003); University of La Verne, California (2002); and East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, California (2001). Group exhibitions include those at East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University (2012); Torrance Art Museum, California (2007); Riverside Art Museum, California (2006); California State University, Fullerton (2006); Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, California (2004); Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe (2003); The Office, Huntington Beach, California (2003); and INMO Gallery, Los Angeles (2002). He was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2002).