Katie Buckett – The Expat Artist

Based in London now, Katie is a vocalist and founding member of the band, Jingo. Her artistic range doesn’t stop there though – she’s a highly accomplished oil painter, shedding light to reverie. Check out this charming artist below. 


Say hello to Katie:

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Where are you from?  Where have you been?

Planet Earth. Born in Iowa, grew up in Ohio, met my husband, Jack, in Brooklyn, NY.


What’s your favorite place in the world?

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Don’t think I could pick really, but I’m currently working on a project about a tree in New Orleans called the Tree of Life. It’s a giant live oak next to a giraffe enclosure – I think it’s magical. Fucking love trees.

You’re currently based in London. Any plans of moving back to the U.S.?  

Nah. I think I found myself in New York, but I don’t think I’d live there unless I was living in Europe as well. It’s so amazing to be within reach of so many places and cultures. The U.S. can feel a bit insular, though I love going back to visit.


What is your dream project? 

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I want to make art that helps in a big way. I care a lot about animals and people who face injustice on a daily basis. I haven’t figured it out yet, but I think I’ll find a way. I like this installation by Banksy, I wish I could bring my art to a larger audience, but just the art world.

How would you describe your visual style?

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Hyper-real. I use real life as a subject, but I distort things to bring out more of their essence or show more than you’d see with your naked eye. Kind of like shedding light on daydreaming.

How do you find your inspiration?

I look around and see beauty in everything. I didn’t always – maybe it’s something that comes with experience, but I don’t think I need to look far to fall in love and then want to amplify that feeling.


Do you get inspiration blocks? If so, how do you overcome them?  

I’m lucky to consider myself an all around artist rather than someone that works in one medium. If I can’t paint, I write, sing or just dance naked to other people’s music. I don’t often feel completely uninspired.   


You’re also a singer in the band JINGO. Tell us more about JINGO.

Jingo has gone through many stages, but it originates with me and my husband, Jack. We met in Bushwick Brooklyn when you could really feel like you were part of a DIY scene – like artists really came together for the love of art. Nima Safai (bass) and Michael Hussein (drums) are relatively new members, but we are quite tight knit now.  Jingo is a derogatory name for someone who’s a bit of a blind patriot. I grew up a mixed kid and I think the other members of the band can agree that you can never judge people on race, colour, creed, gender, ethnicity, and I’d go as far as to say species. It’s fitting too that all of us are from different countries and places. I think our music reflects that in a SUPER rock kind of a way. If you don’t know, that’s the best kind. I think you just have to listen for yourself. Check out our music at here.


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How did you get into singing?

I started an open mic in Brooklyn in 2008 and was living with a band. I just loved the collaborative aspect of music that you can’t get with art. I just practiced and embarrassed myself at the open mic until one-day people called me a singer and wanted to be in a band with me.


What is your background?

I was lucky to have an amazing teacher when I was young who taught me everything. I went to New York, attracted by the big lights, hoping to become an artist and I guess I did. I gave up art, disillusioned to the art world to pick up music when I met my husband and moved to London – he said it would be a shame if I didn’t paint full-time, so I started again and here I am.


What mediums do you work with most frequently?

Oil painting is the cat’s pajamas – it’s the best medium. The colours are so electrifying and the simplicity of two dimensions means nothing’s holding you back – you can make any world come to you. I use a renaissance palette, which is a warm and a cool of each prime colour. Samples.

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Out of your works, which three are you most proud of?

I could never pick favourites, so I’m always going to say my latest series. Here are a couple, I think they kind of go with your model vibes.

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What impact do you hope your work leaves on society?

I hope I can lead by example and show that if you set your mind to it, you can do whatever you want. By having compassion and a thirst for truth, life will lead to truly beautiful people and places.
I’d also like to have a positive impact on the way artists are treated in society. They must be valued and supported and not taken advantage of by people who claim to help them.


What was the most memorable response to your work?  

I love children’s responses to my work, it’s priceless to see them stare in wonder. Also, my aunt said that one of her dogs stared at a dog portrait I had painted for hours, thinking it was a real dog. I love that. It makes my hard work really feel worthwhile, if someone can take time out of their day to get pulled into a piece of art.


What themes do you explore in your work?  

Love, beauty, truth, contemplation, sex, power, myths. Here is a video where I try to explain my work in an unexplainable accent.


Professionally, where do you hope to see yourself in five years?

Having more freedom with creative control. I’d like to be painting what I want all the time and painting even larger for places that get seen by more people. I would really like to explore the idea of having lots of different agents in many different countries instead of being rooted to one gallery. I think the internet is changing the art world, hopefully, it’s for good.


What challenges do you face in your work currently?

It’s always a matter of money. I want to create something for somewhere, and maybe that entity wants a painting, but maybe they have their own ideas of how it should be done. It’s about finding a balance I guess. I have a 200 x 250 cm piece I want to get funded, I’m looking into getting it into a lobby of a corporation. There are limited places where a painting that big can exist. Does FStop have a lobby?  ; )


What is your most life-changing event?

Meeting my husband. His patient positivity has made me the person and confident artist I am today.


What’s something no one knows about you that you’d like to share?

I’m going to become Vegan in November, and I don’t care what anyone thinks.


What’s one of your biggest fears?

Going deaf and blind.


What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?

Go to Japan to have a lager with Haruki Murakami at a baseball game just as the sun is setting.


For anyone that wants to get in touch with Katie, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Website: www.katiebuckett.com

Facebook: Profile

Instagram: @katiebuckettart

Soundcloud: Profile


Katie, thanks so much for taking the time to interview with us! Once we get the big office space and budget, we would be honored to fund and feature your 200 x 250 cm piece! 🙂

If any artists out there want to collaborate with FStop, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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