From her childhood home in Oklahoma to the many cultures of the world—Asian, African, Central American, powwows of many Indigenous nations—Brenda Kingery is a contemporary Chickasaw-Anglo artist who finds subject matter in every experience.
Kingery completed her MA in Fine Arts and Art History at the University of Oklahoma, and wrote her master’s thesis on Ryukyuan Folk Art following post graduate studies in fine arts at Ryukyu Daigaku University in Okinawa, Japan. She also pursued graduate work in Asian studies at Texas Tech University, Lubbock. While in Okinawa, Kingery taught painting, drawing, and folk art cultures at the University of Maryland Far East division. she later taught art history at San Antonio College before starting her career as a full time artist.
“My lines are almost like tapestries that are telling stories visually,” Kingery says. “Textile and dance are major components in my paintings. The paintings begin abstractly and move as in dance, becoming a visual record of cultures. Art becomes the embodiment of culture, visually recording a cultural identity.”
The artist has exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums across the United States, in Japan, France, and Italy, and is currently represented by Orenda Art International, Paris, France; JRB Art Gallery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Parchman Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, Texas; and the Susan Calloway Gallery, Washington, D.C.
She is the founding member of Threads of Blessing workshops designed to encourage women of developing countries to use their indigenous artistic skills. She has traveled to Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, and Uganda to teach textile and design in these workshops. She is also a Trustee of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is an appointment by the President of the United States. Kingery’s paintings have been described as Narrative Symbolism. Beginning with thin acrylic washes, the artist adds as many as 25 layers of thin, hand painted lines, and more layers of washes that define her composition.