Kit Pike

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Generally in my work I am pursuing one of two themes: recording specific subject matter or exploring and expressing my faith. My faith is the theme of my whole life, and will inform my art whatever medium, subject, or style it takes, but I struggle in my efforts to express it more clearly just as I struggle to live it more completely. Part of the problem is merely craft: I need more experience in drawing a certain subject or in a technique in order to get this idea onto paper. Here I spend time on drawing trees, for example, or make prints of forms that interest me: buildings, flowers, animals, seashells. Some of this work results in finished pieces. This work also teaches me things I can apply on the thornier problems, which involve trying to get down in images ideas which are abstract and which can be far easier for me to express in words or music.

Even to turn an abstract idea into an abstract image is to translate it, to make choices about shape, color, texture, and often the result is still a very personal expression that is useful in communicating something to myself, but not to others, as it requires further explanation in words. Because of this difficulty, explanatory words often end up in my work, at least in the title.

These two aspects, the visual and the spiritual, overlap, and as I labor over an etching or a series of monotypes, something may emerge that is more than the sum of the parts, becoming both a statement of a truth and something beautiful. I don’t by any means achieve this always, but I aim at it.


Selected Exhibitions

20142014 Print Exchange, Dunham Place, Brooklyn, NY
New Ink: Recent Works by Peregrine Press, The Engine, Biddeford, ME
2013Peace Through Friendship, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME
Print MKE :SGC International Conference 2013, Milwaukee, WI
Create II, Maine College of Art, PortIand, ME
2012Print/Counterprint, Rose Contemporary Gallery, Portland, ME
2011A Peregrine Press/Zanzibar Print Exchange, Portland (Maine) Public Library
Peregrine Press Group Show , Patricia Correga Gallery, Center Sandwich, NH
Do You Want to See My Etchings?, L/A Arts Gallery 5, Lewiston, ME
2009Spineless Wonders: Invertebrates as Inspiration, L/A College Art Gallery, Lewiston, ME
Just Look at Yourself, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
2007Tiny, Whitney Art Works, Portland, Maine
2006Maine Printmakers 1980-2005, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
2005The Art of the Print, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine
Creede Arts Council National Small Print Exhibition, Creede, Colorado


BFA in Printmaking, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1976; Internship at Pratt Graphics Center, NYC; Continuing Education in Philadelphia, PA and in Maine.


Scenic Artist for South Portland (Maine) High School musicals; 1998, 2000 – 2009, 2013–2014
Words & Images, 2004 edition and exhibit
Merit Award, Art in the Park (South Portland, Maine) 2001, 2006, 2009; Sponsor’s Choice Award 2006


Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, The University of New England, The Farnsworth Museum, The Portland Musuem of Art, The New York Public Library, Southern Graphics Council, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wheaton College, and the Brooklyn Art Library.