Born in 1977, Kimberly Klauss studied Product Design at Stanford University in 1999, followed by a Diploma in Design Engineering at Technische University in 2011. Klauss's first exhibition was held at the Espacio Gallery in London in 2016. In the same year, Klauss was a finalist in the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. She has since exhibited her works across London and was awarded an Artist's Residency by the Villa Lena Foundation in Tuscany, Italy in 2019. Klauss's works are held in several public collections, including those of Soho House and the Villa Lena Foundation. Klauss's self-portrait was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2017. Most recently, Klauss has been announced as Jackson's Painting Prize's expert judge of 2021.
Klauss is primarily a figurative painter, notable for her delicate, diluted application of oil and limited colour palette. Klauss likens her style of paint application to the act of drawing. She has recently begun taking a more experimental approach in her work, exploring non-pictorial subject matter, making her own paint and pushing the limits of her established style. Klauss cites the events of 2020 as having magnified the key themes of her work: home, interior life and race.
Klauss's self-portrait shows the artist standing in a domestic context, her application of oil paint so soft and fluid it appears similar to watercolour. Klauss's chosen colour palette draws a kinship between the artist's exterior and the interior of her home, two of Klauss's key themes.