‘Portrait of a Renaissance Bat’ by Cassandra Kim
Artist: Cassandra Kim
Title: ‘Portrait of a Renaissance Bat’
Medium: Acrylic and oil on Masonite
Dimensions: 10″ x 8″
Framing: Framed in an antique oval frame (frame size: 13.5″ x 11.5″)
Year of Creation: 2021
Artwork Will Ship From: USA
About the Artwork:
“Last year I painted a Victorian bat that was only from the chest up, but I kept thinking about how fun it would be to have a full body bat portrait that was upside down. I couldn’t let go of the idea, so for this show it seemed a like a great opportunity to figure out how to make it work. I knew I wanted it to be a renaissance bat, but I struggled with how a bat would wear pants because of where the wings connect. Ultimately, I decided this bat would suffer for the sake of fashion and wear pants over the bottom part of his wings. I also looked at 16th century furniture to create a fancy bar that would be appropriate for a bat from this era to hang from.
I painted this piece in acrylic and oil on masonite and framed it in an antique oval frame.” – Cassandra Kim
About the Artist:
Cassandra Kim is a new contemporary artist whose work centers around anthropomorphizing animals in portraits that are inspired by paintings of the past. With a lifelong love of animals and traditional art, she seeks to put a surrealistic twist on her own work. She is a Virginia native and 2003 BFA Illustration graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduation, she worked as a muralist and graphic artist for Trader Joe’s grocery stores for 15 years. In 2013, the Klondike Gold Rush National Park and Chilkoot Historical Site awarded Cassandra with an artist residency. In 2018, she turned her focus to her personal art. Her paintings are created in a realistic manner with acrylic and oil, and frames them using vintage or antique frames that she often restores herself. She is branching out into using reclaimed wood pieces. She has had solo shows in Richmond and Chicago and has shown in group exhibits across the United States and in the United Kingdom. Her studio is located in Richmond, Virginia.