About the Artist
Kas Rea is an artist based in Saskatoon Saskatchewan on Treaty 6 Territory and has been involved in the visual arts for over 12 years. Rea works with a variety of materials including chalk pastels, coloured pencils, graphite, acrylics, watercolours, oils, photography, and face/body painting. Recently, Rea has been focused on creating representational art of animal portraiture and nature pieces in chalk pastels.
"In my work, I explore the topic of nature and habitat preservation for plants and animals. I aim to promote awareness around animal protection and to encourage viewers to think about their relationship to these animals and ecosystems and the important roles nature provides in the interconnected web of life."
In 2022 Rea graduated from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Honours in Studio Art. In 2012, she completed the University of Saskatchewan Certificate of Art and Design (USCAD) program. At USCAD she did a variety of classes including advanced photography, painting, drawing, photoshop, and animation. Rea also attended Emma Lake's Kenderdine campus for two years. Currently, Kas is enrolled in the Certificate in Community Museum Studies Program with the Museums Association of Saskatchewan.
Since 2017, Rea has been working at the art museum Remai Modern in different departments, including; Exhibitions/Collections, Marketing/Communications, and Learning and Engagement. She currently works full-time as the Community Programs Assistant, overseeing outreach programming.
Rea has been teaching art for over 10 years to children and adults. She taught privately through her home studio, and through Gail Adams School of Art (GASA). Rea was previously an art leader at Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Program (SCYAP). She led after-school programs and community workshops with youth. Rea also worked at Paint Nite (now Yaymaker), where she instructed large groups of people. Rea was an artistic director at the local photography company CG Imaging, where she led and co-led creative photoshoots for clients, with a focus on body painting.
From 2021-2022 Rea was a curator at the 292 Gallery at the U of S, where she was also on the board of the Visual Arts Students Union (VASU). Additionally, she volunteered as a Student Recruitment Ambassador for the university and is now an Alumni Ambassador.
Currently, Rea resides in Saskatoon SK with her husband Mark and their dog Buttons.
Learn about Kas's techniques and get a glimpse into her artistic process.