Karsten Creightney
American, born 1976



Karsten Creightney and Zanatta Editions have collaborated on five projects since 2009, producing editioned prints and unique monotypes. Creightney also maintains his own studio press and a selection of the editioned prints and unique works on paper created by the artist in his studio are represented by Joe Zanatta Contemporary Art.

Karsten Creightney was born, raised and currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The artist received his BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He subsequently completed the highly-regarded one-year program in lithography printing at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque and received an MFA in painting from the University of New Mexico. Creightney is currently an assistant professor in the art department at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Creightney is a painter of medium-to-large scale landscapes, many of which are invented scenes. One of Creightney’s paintings, “Roadside Memorial,” was featured in a primary set of AMC TV’s “Better Call Saul,” where the painting cast an ominous green pall over meetings between Jimmy and Charles. Other paintings have a much brighter tone, as Creightney conveys one of his primary interests, showing beauty. Yet another side of the artist’s work is figurative, delving into contemporary topics that confront African-Americans, and this work seems to find its way into many of his prints.

Creightney’s work is in the permanent collections of the Albuquerque Museum, Arkansas Arts Center, Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Flint Institute of Arts, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and numerous other public institutions, university museums and private collections.

The Flint Institute of Art organized the artist’s first museum one-person exhibit in 2012, showing approximately thirty works on paper. Also in 2012, the Detroit Institute of Art included Creightney’s nine-print “Burial” suite in a major group exhibition of the museum’s holdings of prints produced in series, suites and portfolios. 516 Arts in Albuquerque, one of New Mexico’s premier non-profit exhibition spaces, organized an extensive one-person exhibition “Paper Visions” in 2017. Creightney’s work will be included in two upcoming exhibitions – “Trinity” at the Albuquerque Museum and “Alcove” at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.

With the print “Roadside Gambler” appearing on its cover, Santa Fe’s “the/magazine” included an extensive profile of Creightney in its October, 2018 issue.

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Karsten Creightney evaluates a preliminary proof of his 2019 color lithograph “12th & Resilience,” the artist’s first print to include his own photography as well as drawn, painted and scratched elements. In New Mexico, Creightney photographed the young girl, a “crossroads” intersection, tombstones, and several other bits and pieces for this imaginary scene that he brought together digitally. In Kansas City, his black and white collage was transferred to a lithograph plate. On three additional plates, Creightney spray-painted what would become a blue sky with clouds, drew color into the shirt, painted the grass and street, and scratched white into the black.
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