Kate Rivers

New Works

Kate Rivers creates collage. Some, like the birds’ nests that serve as her inspiration, are dense with bits of the precious and of the irreverent: intentional pairings of opposites with a unifying element of color or theme. Others are stacks of shorn books telling new stories. And, all are dazzling with textural and philosophical depth. Biography


Close up of Summer Mountain Hike  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  51 x 41″ – $6900

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San Juan Canyon  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  37 x 49″ – $6500


Late Spring Aspens Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  51 x 41″ – $6900


Inversion  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  37 x 42″ – $4300

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Winter Aspens  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  27 x 20″ – $2400


Spring Aspens  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  27 x 20″ – $2400


Summer Aspens  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  27 x 20″ – $2400


Fall Aspens  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  27 x 20″ – $2400


Romeo  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  27 x 29″ – $2500

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Nurture  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  27 x 29″ – $2500


The Magician  Mixed Media on Canvas, 2016.  37 x 47″ –  $4900.00

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Boutique  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  37 x 29″ – $3700


Switchblade  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  37 x 29″ – $3700

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Endangered  Mixed Media on Paper, 2015.  46 x 54″ – $7300


Fall Color  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  27 x 20″ – $2400


Windsor Trail Hike  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  27 x 20″ – $2400


Splendid  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  23 x 25″ – $2250


Rest  Mixed Media on Paper, 2016.  23 x 25″ – $2250

Kate Rivers has been creating collage since 2007, when an artists’ residency in Vermont overbooked printmakers and she was forced to abandon her plans to focus upon monotypes. It turned out to be a fortuitous miscalculation for Rivers, who instead went for a hike and happened upon an abandoned bird’s nest unlike any she had seen before. It became her muse for the remainder of the residency.The mixed media and printmaker is now renowned for her series of Nest collages—full of texture, form, and evocative imagery—that began to emerge during the retreat. Rivers said, “I realized that a nest is a home constructed from bits of scavenged things, and that’s as true for humans as for birds.” Intrigued by both the shape and the improvisational nature of nests, Rivers’ keen eye is always seeking materials she will deconstruct and re-pattern into a story that touches upon themes of time and place, of nostalgia, of memories too precious to be discarded.Rivers’ Book Spine series offers vivid, often abstract, images that carry the eye with strong linearity and bold blocks of colors. A stand of autumnal aspens under blue skies beckons the viewer, as does the intricacy with which her selected materials have been crafted together in dimensional layers that are at once simple and complex. “In unifying the elements of my collage, I intentionally pair opposites, nurturing their push and pull.”Kate Rivers’ career has spanned three decades, garnering her an impressive resume of awards, fellowships, grants, and exhibitions. In addition to her representation by David Anthony Fine Art in Taos, two of her works have recently been purchased by the state of New Mexico.
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“Run Happy” Collage sewn on paper.
58 x 60″ framed $8900 (Sold)
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“Paradise” Collage on paper.
61 x 71″ framed $11,840

“Coronation” Collage sewn on paper.
30-1/2 x 37-1/2″ framed $2700

“Paper Makers” Collage sewn on canvas. Book Spine series.
44 x 58″ framed $6400  (Sold)
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“Fairies” Collage and gold leaf sewn on paper.  Children’s drawings peek out of fantasy in a swirl of dreams.
29 x 35″ framed $2600

“Mountain Snow”  Mixed media collage
30 x 37″ framed  $2900 (Sold)
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“Windsor Trail” Collage sewn on canvas. A stand of aspens, inspired by an autumn hike.
66 x 53″ framed $8900 (Sold)
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“Lucky Guy”  Mixed media on paper.
41 x 49″   framed $4800
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“Big Star” mixed-media on canvas.
45 x 45″  $4400.00
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“Animal Tracks”  Mixed media collage
25 x 30″ framed $1950
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