Donald Kilpatrick: The Hive

December 7 - January 12, 2014


Vivus, 2013

oil on panel

11 x 14”

Working at the turn of the century, poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) completed the Duino Elegies that pondered existential purpose and the viability of salvation. From a letter to his publisher he wrote:

"Everywhere transience is plunging into the depths of Being… It is our task to imprint this temporary, perishable earth into ourselves so deeply, so painfully and passionately, that its essence can rise again…

We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the visible, to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible."

This exhibition features over twenty new oil paintings on panel and intimately scaled works on gold edged vellum card.

The Hive presents a loosely narrative series that uses allegory to explore themes of authority, duty, and domestic civilization.


Kilpatrick (b. 1974, Bountiful, Utah) earned his M.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University in 2006. He moved to Detroit in 2007 to begin his career at the College for Creative Studies as a faculty member in traditional and digital illustration of which he has been the department chair since 2010. 

Kilpatrick's work has been featured in publications such as Fortune, the L.A. Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has exhibited his art work in New York, Philadelphia, and Miami. The Hive is Kilpatrick’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Opening Reception || December 7, 2013 6-9:00 PM

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