Mary James Ketch

Mary James Ketch is a contemporary American artist living in Norman, Oklahoma. Her narrative paintings are a visual distillation of scenes of everyday life, in which the figures seem to inhabit a lyrical dream-like world. She draws on memories from childhood, family life, and the surrounding landscape. Ketch attended the University of Oklahoma before receiving her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television.

artist statement

"One of my favorite movies is It's a Wonderful Life. I love the moment when George moves from wanting to throw his life away to realizing how beautiful and glorious it really was--even if, and maybe because, his grand visions didn't come to fruition.  

I believe there is beauty and mystery in moments of the everyday--moments we often throw away. And it is my mission to pay attention and give presence to those moments. It's a wonderful day. Every day. 

I also believe that our environments really affect us, and that everyone deserves to be surrounded by beauty and love and light. From our work to our homes to everywhere in between. That’s why a portion of all sales goes to organizations that help end homelessness and give shelter to women escaping domestic violence, because sometimes the most beautiful thing can be four blank walls that you feel safe in."

Selected Exhibitions

2018        Fringe, The Art Hall, Oklahoma City

2017        Kindred, Leslie Powell Gallery, Lawton, OK

2017        IAO Juried Show, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, OKC

2016        Utopia Current Gallery, OKC

2016        Concept: Survey Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa

2016        Fringe Annual Show Graphite Gallery, OKC 

2015        Illuminate Mainsite Gallery, Norman, OK

2015        Fringe Annual Show, The Project Box, Paseo, OKC

2015        Husbands, Wives, and Lovers (solo exhibition) The Project Box, Paseo, OKC

2015        Choices, Cowboy Hall of Fame, OKC

2014        Solstice, Istvan Gallery, OKC

2014         Wings of Art, Istvan Gallery OKC

2013         Swoon, Istvan Gallery OKC

2013         Deep Six, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, OKC

2013         Reverie, a.k.a gallery, OKC

2013         Locus, Istvan Gallery, OKC