Kathleen Eaton


Kathleen EatonKathleen Eaton is a Chicago area artist whose surrealistic work focuses on city and suburban life. Her paintings reflect a fascination with architectural spaces and the unexpected solitude or human activities that occur in them.

From this interest her paintings and prints have developed to explore the relations between imagination and reality in an urban environment.

Her paintings are begun with an idea of a place, real or imaginary,then proceeded by a series of sketches to a full-sized drawing, and the final oil painting is done from this. The technique she uses involves building up areas of color through the application of many thin layers of transparent paint.

The artist’s painted edition work is a combination of serigraphic and oil painting techniques used to produce multiples of her images. The basic color and pattern areas are developed using the silk screen process to apply oil paint onto masonite. After each print layer hand painting is done to achieve tonal variations and details.

Her work has been featured in 1-person and group shows for over 20 years. In addition her paintings and editions have been acquired nationally for public, corporate and private collections. Kathleen Eaton’s studio is located 35 miles northwest of Chicago. She continually has new works in progress and will send slides or schedule studio visits for interested parties.

Education: University of Illinois, Urbana, BFA, 1965


  • West Bend Art Museum Group Show ‘98
  • Chicago: A Spiritual Landscape Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago ‘97
  • “The Anxious Image: New Psychological Realism”, Cleveland State University ‘97
  • Gallery Show, August House Studio, Chicago ‘96
  • “Silent Spaces” – Invitational Art Exhibition at Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University ‘95
  • Gallery Show, “Urbiculture” August House Studio,Chicago ‘95
  • Area Invitational Art Exhibition at Aurora University, Il. ‘95
  • Harper College National Print & Drawing Exhibition, Palatine, Il. ‘95
  • “Women’s Works”, Woodstock, Il. ‘94
  • 11th North Shore Art League Midwest Print Show, Chicago ‘93
  • 25th & 23rd Bradley National Print & Drawing Exhibition, Peoria, Il. ‘92, ‘90
  • Kemper Insurance Co. ‘91
  • Chicago Bar Association ‘90
  • Alice & Arthur Baer Exhibit, Chicago ‘89
  • “Big Shoulders” Show, Union League Club Chicago ‘85
  • Gallery Show, Swearingen Gallery, Louisville Kentucky, ‘85, ‘87


  • Bally Mfg.. Corp., Chicago
  • Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Chicago
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Il.
  • Brokaw Hospital, Decatur, Il.
  • City of Miami Beach
  • Civic Opera Bldg., Chicago
  • Deltak, Naperville, Il.
  • Ed Hamoway Assoc., New York
  • Elgiloy Corp., Elgin, Il.
  • Elgin Civic Center
  • Erickson Steel, Peoria, Il.
  • First Illinois Bank, Evanston
  • Firstar Trust Co. of Illinois, Glen Ellyn
  • Harper College, Palatine, Il.
  • Hollister Corp., Libertyville
  • Household International, Prospect Heights, Il
  • Kemper Insurance Co., Long Grove, Il..
  • Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago
  • McCormick Place, Illinois Gallery, Chicago
  • McDonald Corp., Oakbrook, Il.
  • MacArthur Foundation, Chicago
  • Medici on 57th, Chicago
  • Milprint Inc., Milwaukee
  • Schiff, Hardin & Waite, Chicago
  • Shearson Lehman Hutton, Chicago
  • World Book, Elk Grove Village, Il.
  • Virtual Media, Inc. Barrington, Il.


  • Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Visual Artist Fellowship for Painting, 1994-95
  • Second Place, Cherry Creek Arts Festival ‘98
  • Mary Louise Womer Award, 57th Street Art Fair ‘97
  • Juror’s Special Award, St. Louis Art Fair ‘96
  • First Place, Painting, Winter Park Sidewalk Art Fair ‘96
  • Award of Excellence, Milwaukee Art Museum Lakefront Festival of the Arts, ‘94
  • Award of Excellence, Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City ‘94
  • Award of Excellence, Oakbrook Center Invitational Fine Arts Exhibition ‘93

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