Lot 39 - Karen Turner - An Image of Life
Oil on Linen Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Karen Turner (b.1978, London) is an award-winning figure artist whose oil paintings are a commentary on the weight of expectations. Focusing on the physical body and the scrutiny to which it is commonly subjected, her works explore what society expects of a woman, the ways in which a woman’s physical shape is often considered to define her, and the impact that this has on her life and sense of self.
Fine Arts College, Hampstead, London
Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize Exhibition, Lauderdale House, London - 2022
The Other Art Fair, The Old Truman Brewery, London - 2022
The Shape of Us, Masham Gallery, North Yorkshire - 2022
Women in Art – Raising the Bar, online - 2022
The Institute of East Anglian Artists Open Exhibition, Norfolk - 2021
The Marks We Make, The Curator’s Salon, online - 2021
Art Fluent Evolution Grant, Winner - 2022
The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize, Shortlisted - 2022
The New Emergence Art Prize, Shortlisted - 2022
Women United Art Prize, Shortlisted, Special Mention - 2021
The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize, Finalist - 2021
The Institute of East Anglian Artists, President’s Prize - 2021
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
Miniature tasters of my larger works, each of these four postcards is an examination of society’s traditionally narrow view of beauty, and the pressure placed on women to conform to a particular physical ideal. Close-cropped to suggest direct scrutiny, the figure in each postcard is depicted devoid of surroundings as a representation of the way in which women, their choices and their bodies are so often are judged without context.
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