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My paintings describe actions and emotion that come just before catastrophe. I am looking for the boundary where safety and fear lies. I paint control slipping through my subject’s fingers and pooling in offsetting signs around the image. I like them looming there, a series of dots my subject is trying to connect. Sometimes, my subject isn’t in the painting. Maybe it’s me, maybe it’s you, the viewer.
Nichole Rae Klein is best known for her oil and egg tempera paintings. A principle theme in her work is tense, off situations. Through painting, she explores where the line is when events cross from in, to out of one’s control. Subtle emotions from the realization that one is becoming powerless translate into visual detail.
She graduated in 2017 with a BFA in Painting from Eastern Michigan University. She continues to paint and live in Michigan. Her work resides in private collections across the United States and abroad.
Eastern Michigan University // Bachelor of Fine Arts
September 2013-December 2017, YPSILANTI, MI
2121. TBA, Annarumma Gallery, Napoli, Italy
2021. This Is How It Is Now*, Arch Enemy Arts. Philadelphia, PA.
2021. Winter ‘21, Arch Enemy Arts. Philadelphia, PA.
2020. Small Wonders, Arch Enemy Arts. Philadelphia, PA.
2020. 9th Annual Supersonic Invitational, Spoke Art. San Francisco, CA.
2020. Postcards from the Pandemic, Arch Enemy Arts. Philadelphia, PA.
2020. SPECTRUM, Arch Enemy Arts. Philadelphia, PA.
2020. Spotlight Showcase, Arch Enemy Arts. Philadelphia, PA.
2020. The Days Are Short, James May Gallery. Algoma, WI
2019. Inaugural Group Exhibition, James May Gallery. Algoma, WI
2019. Presenting: Rae Klein*, Ann Arbor Art Center in conjunction with The Alley Bar. Ann Arbor, MI
2017. Arts in the Legislature, Anderson Building. Lansing, MI
2017. All Michigan All Media VisuaI Arts Competition, Holland Area Arts Council. Holland, MI
2017. Offerings*, IGG Gallery. Ypsilanti, MI
2017. IGG Annual Juried Show, Ford Gallery. Ypsilanti, MI
2016. IGG Annual Juried Show, Ford Gallery. Ypsilanti, MI
2017. Zahratka and Field Arts Achievement Scholarship
2017. Nomination and Award- Arts in the Legislature
2016. Emil and Juanita Weddige Arts Achievement Scholarship
2016. Barbara and Juanita Fairfield Arts Achievement Scholarship
2016. Award - IGG Annual Juried Show
2016. Nomination- Arts in the Legislature
“Tomorrow’s Talent” Feature, published by BOOOOOOOM, Volume I, 2020.
“Rae Klein”. Feature and Interview, POLLUX Magazine, Volume 8, Fall/Winter 2019.
”Rae Klein, Recent Work."supersonicart.com. 9/3/19.
“Artist Spotlight: Rae Klein". booooooom.com. 8/15/19.
”The Oil and Egg Tempera Paintings of Nichole Rae Klein”.
“Actions and Emotions That Come Just Before Catastrophe.” Interview,
PIKCHUR Magazine, Issue V, Spring 2019.
“12 Questions: Rae Klein". Interview, jamesmaygallery.com. 5/24/19.
“Artist Spotlight: Rae Klein". booooooom.com. 2/14/19.
“Rae Klein, Paintings."supersonicart.com. 8/4/18.