Lot 360 - Karen Thomas - MM Beret
Acrylic and Charcoal on Card
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Bidding starts at £50
My work focusses primarily on the figure but it’s really about the paint and how far I can push it. The paintings shift in and out of focus, oscillating between figuration and abstraction, discarded for months, reworked and then sometimes but not always there’s a ‘moment de grace’ when a painting comes together.
Karen Thomas (b.1963/UK) is acclaimed for her pop-culture figures and loosely dynamic painting style. While her infamous superhero collections reconstruct well-known characters identities with wild expressionism, her postcard collectibles transpose celebrities into small, but utterly enigmatic portraits.In doing so, Karen Thomas has created a distinguished style, recognisable for its thick and vivacious brushstrokes.
She has shown both individually and in group exhibitions at The Other Art Fair (London, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago) Art Below (London, New Orleans,
Los Angeles), Her work has also been included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, featured on the culture show and identified by Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator at Saatchi Art as a ‘must see’ artist.
More recently she took part in Radical Residency IV at Unit 1 Gallery workshop, London. Her work can also be seen at the Pilgrm, Paddington and at Red Propeller Gallery.