Kaylyn Elyse is a painter from Memphis, TN, where she currently lives and works. She is in the undergraduate program in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, pursuing a BFA in Studio Art with a Painting Concentration and a Minor in African & African American Studies. She mainly works in oil and acrylic paint to create vibrant and imaginative portraits that comment on the experiences of Black people in America.
Kaylyn participated in the NAACP ACT-SO Competition in 2016, where she placed First in the Drawing category and traveled for the national level. She is a recipient of The Julie Ann Kohn and Dan Swift Scholarship at her university. Kaylyn is also the co-owner of K&K Gallery, an online gallery and store, along with fellow artist Kendrick Moore. Her work was recently exhibited in “Visuals & Vibes III: The Pull Up and the “Frayser Local Arts Fest” at Arkwings, both in Memphis, TN. Her paintings were also featured in Washington University’s RIZE: Issue 3, a Black, independent, student-run magazine.