(b. 1987) in Chicago, IL

Lives and works in Chicago, IL


The tension in Katelyn Eichwald's paintings evoke a sense of longing where placidity can transform into nearly anything. Fecundity is the operation at hand, and easy resolution is constantly at stake. The facelessness of these compositions also contributes to meandering desires. She captures the private symbolism of Munch, with obscure figures haunting several canvases. These works literally barter in narrative, with source materials displaced from linear contexts. The occasional wreckage or eruption looms behind certain paintings, rendering the visible material all the more eerie. The subject matter expands out like barren countrysides, roads leading to somewheres disguised as nowheres. The works embody the serenity of wandering, and the potential of discovery in arrested moments. 


Scale and volume produce a strong sense of visual language, immersing the viewer in these delicate compositions. Each painting has its own grammar, it is the painter’s endeavor to make the syntax work. She edits images, removing pigments to the brink of collapse. One is led to a cliff’s edge... - Text excerpt by Reilly Davidson


Eichwald’s first solo exhibition, Good Boy, was at Fortnight Institute in 2018. Upcoming exhibitions include David Byrd: In Resonance, at Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA (2021-22) and a solo at Galerie Sultana in France in April 2022. Recent group exhibitions include Hunters in the Snow at 303 Gallery, NY; Face in the Wind at Et al in San Francisco, Nine Lives at Fortnight Institute, NY.



Born 1987 in Chicago, IL

Lives and works in Chicago, IL



2012: MFA California College of the Arts, San Francisco

2009: BFA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



2022: Forthcoming: Galerie Sultana, Arles, France (April)

2021: Never, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY 

2018: Good Boy, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY



2021: Forthcoming: Public Gallery, London, UK (Nov 18- Dec 18)

2021-22: Forthcoming: In Resonance with David ByrdFleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA (Nov)

2021: Nine Lives, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY 

2021: Library Arrangement, ReadingRoom, Melbourne, Australia

2021: Face in the Wind, Gracie DeVito, Katelyn Eichwald, Hugo Montoya, Et al., San Francisco, CA

2021: Lonely Ones, curated by Katelyn Eichwald, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY

2021: Hunters in the Snow, curated by Fortnight Institute, 303 Gallery, NY

2019:  You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory, VSOP Projects, Greenport, NY

2018:  Butterfly’s Nautilus, Celaya Brothers Gallery & Et. al., Condo Art Fair, Mexico City

2017:  Karma Book Market, Fortnight Institute, New York City, NY

2017:  Practical Magic, Chicken Coop Contemporary, Portland, OR

2017:  Domestic Tranquility, Zero Zero LA, Los Angeles, CA

2016:  Mother Popcorn, Big Medium, Austin, TX

2016:  Katelyn Eichwald & Peter Shear, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA

2012:  Barclay Simpson Award Exhibition, Tecoah Bruce Gallery, Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland, CA

2012:  MFA Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA


Katelyn Eichwald: Never, Review by Elizabeth Buhe, The Brooklyn Rail, October 2021

Never published by Fortnight Institute, 2021

Good Boy published by Fortnight Institute, 2018

7 Artists to Watch, Artspace.com, July 2018

Untitled Painting, Bookforum print edition, September 2016