“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”
Sir Winston ChurchillI (1874-1965)
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Karen Thomson

Karen Thomson

 

Born Montreal (Quebec, Canada), 1953
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An accomplished painter and draughtsman, Thomson usually paints with oil over a layer of beeswax on canvas or wood panels. The exploration of textural possibilities and unconventional sequence of materials allow for more freedom to work with accidents. Engraving into the wood or layers of wax and paint, or removing sections of the painting in order to paint over the previous layer is part of her method. This layering of materials and reworking of the surface tends to leave a history of the painting itself, which evokes a sense of memory or time passing. Thomson’s subjects typically include personal moments from Lake MacDonald, Quebec (a place the artist knows well and loves), figures, and random patterns in nature. She is always looking for textures and elements in nature (such as fog or rocks) that resonate with the painted surfaces she enjoys creating.

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