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Karen Luke



United States

www.karenluke.com

category: Painting
technique: Oilpainting
Style: Abstract


Bio / Resumee / Statement:
Artist Statement�

I am primarily an oil painter but utilize other mediums, wet or dry when it serves the concept of the piece. I work from small studies, sketches, photo references composed in Photoshop to create medium to large-scale paintings. My work at times surreal, are referenced from my travels, experiences, and dreams.


My painting process is inspired by people�s histories, memories, and experiences. Events are obliterated from our memory, or only glimpses are remembered. We are continually recording layers of history and occasionally we can �bump� into those past memories or ghosts/spirits. To create the transitory figures and impressions of the world we live in, I use transparent, sometimes drippy, and opaquely applied multi-textured layers of oil paint. Paint is scrapped, added back opaquely, carved back into, until I achieve the desired effect. The surface is saturated with layers, collaged with texture or manipulated with surface tension. A low saturation, muted palette or limited color best supports the mysterious mood I�m after. I feel this approach best mimics the human experience.



Activities:
Exhibitions � Group

2008 Academy of Art University Gallery / MFA Show, San Francisco, CA
2008 Academy of Art University Gallery / Annual Spring Show, San Francisco, CA
2007 Planet Bronze Art Gallery / Bozeman, MT 2nd Annual Miniature Show, By invitation � Sixty emerging and nationally recognized artists
Wendt Gallery / Laguna Beach, CA, 2007 Summer Show, By invitation � Sixty contemporary artists
Academy of Art University Gallery / San Francisco, CA
2006 Academy of Art University Gallery / San Francisco, CA
2005 Jules Place / Boston, MA, 8th Annual Holiday Salon, Gallery artists
2003 California Art Club / Pasadena, CA, Angel Island Paint Out


Exhibitions � Juried

2004, 2005, 2007 Salon International � International Museum of Contemporary Masters
Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art / San Antonio, TX, International Show
Award �Jury�s Top Fifty� � 2004
2005 Red Dot Fine Art / Santa Fe, NM, National Figure Exhibition National Show
Academy of Art University Annual / San Francisco, CA, Spring Show
American Impressionist Society / Vero Beach, FL, Nichols Taos Fine Art Gallery / Taos, NM
Carmel Art Festival / Carmel, CA, Artists painting on the Monterey Peninsula
2004 First Annual Los Gatos Art Fest, Artists painting in and around Los Gatos, CA
Art Splash on the Square / Graham, TX, National Show
Hilton Head Art League / Hilton Head Island, SC, National Show
Englewood Arts Center / Englewood, CO, National Show
2003 American Impressionist Society / Vero Beach, FL, National Show
Fairfield Visual Arts / Fairfield, CA, Bay Area Show


Half-Way Through
Painting
Oilpainting
38 x 76 cm
2008
for sale (ask for price)
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Unspoken Twisted Inward
Painting
Oilpainting
76 x 101 cm
2009
sold
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Need to Learn to Let it Go
Painting
Mixing technique
45 x 60 cm
2009
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Floating with No Where to Hide
Painting
Oilpainting
76 x 101 cm
2009
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The Space Between
Painting
Mixing technique
60 x 76 cm
2008
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It\'s Just Monopoly
Painting
Oilpainting
91 x 60 cm
2008
sold
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