New! Chinoiserie-inspired paintings from Kathe Fraga Art

Happy Spring! Here are some new paintings featured in April shows at my galleries in Washington and Florida. Each piece is inspired by the romance of vintage French wallpapers and Chinoiserie with a modern twist.


With You, In the Garden, 36 x 24 inches, Museo Gallery, Langley, Washington


Love Letters, 36 x 48 inches, 530 Burns Gallery, Sarasota, Florida


Garden Dreams, 36 x 24 inches, Roby King Gallery, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Amanda Seyfried: Kathe Fraga Art x Cle De Peau, Lucia Pieroni Holiday 2017

Introducing the new limited edition Cle De Peau Beaute Holiday 2017 Collection, featuring my Chinoiserie-inspired paintings! Many thanks to CPB Creative Director Lucia Pieroni and spokeswoman and muse Amanda Seyfried.

For the past year and a half, I’ve had the honor and delight of working on this new collection of paintings for the luxury cosmetic brand, Cle De Peau Beaute (a global make-up company that’s part of the Japanese company Shiseido). We’re excited to announce its arrival in stores such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Barney’s. 

Many months ago, we welcomed the Cle De Peau Team from Tokyo and New York, to visit my studio here on Bainbridge Island to discuss CPB Creative Director, Lucia Pieroni’s, vision of a love story/narrative, “Nuit De Chine”, based on her inspiration from the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s tribute to Chinoiserie fashion, art, film and more at the recent “China Through The Looking Glass” exhibit. (You might remember the gala opening hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour, who was featured in the documentary film by the same name.)

The world is definitely becoming smaller. It’s wonderful and magical that Lucia, from London, connected and was inspired by my work here on our island, a half hour ferry ride from Seattle!

As the NY/Tokyo CPB Team visited and presented their vision here in my island studio, of color, fashion, and movie stills, I could see we were all headed in the same direction.

We then flew to New York to meet with Lucia and additional members of the CPB team. It was so great to meet everyone involved in the collaboration! Lucia is wonderful and warm and passionate and creative—it was a joy to hear her ideas and spend time with her and the CPB team. (Lucia’s very fun Instagram features her incredible make-up artistry for many fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen, as well as other makeup brands: @lucia_pieroni )

We had shipped a few of my paintings for the NY meeting so that Lucia and the CPB team could see my work in person. We brought examples of how we might be able to express the team’s ideas for the “Nuit de Chine” Holiday 2017 limited edition collection through my art.

Back home on the island, I worked on pencil sketch ideas for the pressed powders in the coffret. As I usually work in color and paint, pencil sketching was something new. I really liked it, and I love the finished product of my swallow sketch flying to the flower that was interpreted by CPB and incorporated into the makeup coffret.

I painted four love story narratives/paintings for Lucia’s concept of Nuit de Chine: “Premonition,” “Encounter,” “Distance,” and “Passion.” Each painting was then translated into packaging for eye pencils, nail polishes, skincare and makeup coffret.

I also hand-painted a number of gold CPB makeup pouches to sign for CPB clients (in 18K gold!) for a series of launch parties.

Our first event in September was a luncheon in the private Reuben Room at the beautiful Neiman Marcus, Dallas NorthPark. My work was interpreted as tablecloths and also as a backdrop for photos for this special gathering hosted by Dallas Modern Luxury magazine. (We are looking to introduce a Kathe Fraga home décor line–stay tuned!)

My Chinoiserie-inspired silk and linen pillows were available for this special event, and will also be available at upcoming events, along with two different silk scarf designs, based on my paintings, and gift boxed greeting cards.

Next stop: Neiman Marcus San Francisco and Nordstrom Bellevue. I’ll be signing the custom, one-of-a-kind gold pouches as the team introduces the new Holiday Collection.

Many thanks to Cle De Peau, Lucia Pieroni and the Shiseido team for the incredible attention to detail, artistic interpretation of my art for each product, respectful use of the images and romantic concept—I appreciate this magical opportunity to collaborate with such beauty!

Kathe Fraga Paintings at The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Exciting news! I’m thrilled to let you know that my Chinoiserie inspired paintings of birds and botanicals will be part of The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s new Spring Exhibition, “Revering Nature.” The exhibition opens to the public Saturday, March 11 and will be on view through June 4. Shown here, “Springtime in Paris, 36×48” on frescoed birch panel. (Admission to this wonderful museum is free. If you’re coming by ferry from Seattle, the museum is an easy walk–no need to drive on.)


Kathe Fraga new Chinoiserie Inspired Pillow Collection

love-song_webNew! My silk and linen pillow collection, based on my Chinoiserie-inspired paintings, is now available on-line and in-store at Artisan Crafted Home (Whidbey Island), Dana’s Showhouse (Bainbridge Island) and my website.

Each pillow is 20×20″ with a down/feather insert and invisible zipper. The print is the same on each side and comes with an art card that describes my paintings and inspiration.

Please email me with any questions!



New! Kathe Fraga Art for Calypso Cards

I’m delighted to share a new collaboration: my paintings and Calypso Cards! The new collection, showcasing my Chinoiserie-inspired art, features special and very meaningful quotes of love and inspiration from Walt Whitman, Lao Tzu, Hans Christian Anderson and more. I am so happy how the Calypso Team has presented my work as greeting cards-beautiful paper stock, a variety of pretty and colorful envelopes to complement the paintings and a wrap that allows you to see the message inside.

For my friends and neighbors on Bainbridge Island, you can find the new collection at Dana’s Showhouse and Town and Country.

To order the cards on-line, please visit Calypso’s website.

Many thanks to everyone at Calypso Cards for welcoming me into the “family”!

Under the Trellis The Softest Whisper Love at First Sight Goyard Yellow and Sweet Paris Roses Blush Always All Her Favorite Flowers A Whisper of Pink

New for Papyrus Cards-Kathe Fraga Art for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I’m so delighted to let you know that I’ve collaborated with Papyrus Cards to create a really special card for Mom. There are jewels, embroidered gold butterflies, sparkles and more bling highlighting my original painting.

And, if that isn’t enough, the inside of the envelope is so pretty, reflecting the art on the card. Papyrus is a wonderful team to partner with-their attention to detail and passion for creating beautiful cards for Mother’s Day and every day is inspiring. Thank you Papyrus! (If you’d like, you can order here or visit the Papyrus store near you.)

Papyrus Mothers Day Card

Alice in Wonderland: color, whimsy and new Kathe Fraga Art

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Lewis Carroll (Words to live by!)

I’m delighted to be included in the new December Show, “Wonderland” at Roby King Galleries on Bainbridge Island. The group show of gallery artists showcases a wonderful collection of work, all inspired by the story of Alice. I have four new pieces in the show.

While I’ve always loved the magic and wonder of Alice in Wonderland–the characters, the environments, the interactions–the one thing that always has fascinated me the most about the tale is the absolute visualness of it all. The colors, the patterns, the zaniness of costumes and of beautiful flowers, Chinese lanterns above the tea party. That’s what has inspired my new work for December at Roby King.

Here are my ideas behind the new work: Gold leaf in the paintings represents a connection to the blond Alice, the bright gold watch of the White Rabbit, the tiny crown on the terrifying “Off with their heads!” queen. Pinks and reds are constant themes in the story–I’m reminded of how long I’ve been mesmerized by the idea of painting a blooming garden with actual paint! The Chinoiserie motifs reflect the tea party’s joyous color and pattern-filled event, from the table to the china to the guests themselves.

Happy 150 Year Anniversary to Alice and Lewis Carroll!

Fraga - What I Saw At The Tea Party - WEB
What I Saw at the Tea Party, 40×16 on frescoed canvas with gold leaf
Through The Looking Glass - HR
Through the Looking Glass, 27×23, vintage mirror with gold leaf
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Alice’s Bedroom Wall”, two 12x12s on frescoed canvas with gold leaf