Karen burst onto the local art scene in her early 40’s surprising most with her ability in numerous mediums including charcoal, and oil. Early loss & challenge led Karen to an interest in the mechanisms that inspire human behaviours and emotion. Not having studied art at school, Karen spent years travelling, photographing and experiencing life but was unable to adequately express the ‘feeling’ of her experiences.
Turning 40 heralded a recognition in Karen that life is meant for the living and corporate life was simply no longer tolerable. She spent the following 4 years working part-time and attending Fine Art studies at TAFE College where she discovered new mediums and skills and, most importantly, the confidence to share her art.
Living and working on the beautiful Central Coast of NSW (Australia), Karen brings her interest in emotion to every medium she uses resulting in rich, piercing and at times hauntingly beautiful imagery. Karen’s influences have been early realist painter Caravaggio, surrealist painter Dali, as well as contemporary artists Georgia O’Keefe, Lucian Freud & Ben McLaughlin.
In her first 4 years, Karen has successfully hung one collaboration and two solo shows; participated in many group shows; won 3 awards (listed below); twice entered the prodigious Archibald Portrait Prize (NSW); shortlisted in the Hornsby Art Prize and her art hangs on the walls of the NSW Police HQ. Now sought for commission work, Karen’s work graces collections from Australia to Copenhagen. Karen’s successful first solo exhibition (‘Virtue of Values’ Feb 2012, Gosford Regional Studio Gallery), encouraged her to continue on with her Fine Art Diploma studies at Ourimbah TAFE.
Karen’s work routinely appears in the Gosford Community Newspaper and her works were chosen to feature in the Avoca Beach International Women’s Day Exhibition. Her first Archibold entry of the ABC’s ‘Sleek Geeks’ was featured and subsequently hung at the ABC’s Science Centre, Ultimo for the following12 months. Her portrait of Fr. Jim Boland for Archibald 2013, was presented to the NSW Police Commissioner in late 2013 and is now on permanent display at Police HQ in Parramatta. During 2011, framed, signed prints of ‘Elder’ and ‘Good Girl’ were auctioned in Sydney at the Yalari charity fundraiser and sold for $1,000 & $3,000 respectively. April 2012 saw a bidding war for Karen’s portraiture services result in funds of $5,000 AU being raised for Fiji’s flood victims.
Karen was awarded the Gosford Regional Gallery Encouragement Award two years running; placed second in the ArtTT International online competition; and was a finalist in the 2013 Hornsby Art Prize.
Karen’s work can be viewed at http://karenbloomfieldart.com/
Commission works include portraiture and she can be contacted on 0425 361 183.
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