Visual Art

Rian is an installation artist and painter and has been active in the national arts community for 20 years. She has been awarded an Oregon Arts Commission fellowship, RACC grants, an Artists for the Arts grant, a Catalyst Fund grant, and Soapstone residency, among others.

Her most recent international installation was in Iceland where she was awarded a month-long residency. She was accepted into the first Portland Winter Lights Festival and created an installation with LED lights that was seen by close to 30,000 people.

From The Oregonian, 5.1.2008: …not enough know Rian has long been a deeply talented painter…in her non-objective abstract work layered textures serve as metaphors for the natural landscape, history, even chronic illness.

From The Oregonian, 11.3.2005: Rian’s paintings are stormy, tangled and outspoken reflections of interior and exterior landscapes.

From The Portland Mercury, 11.3.2005: Kirsten Rian creates dark, heavily-worked diptychs of acrylic, charcoal, and pastel on wood that recall the scratchy, angsty works of Cy Twombly, Lucinda Parker, and Susan Rothenberg.


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Chord 2


Flight Patterns

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Sight


What’s Left


Ventriloquist


Bay of Bengal

TRONDHEIM
Trondheim

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How We Find


Venice, Night

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Memory

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What We Want

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