A photo of three sections of my five part Harmonic Suite, at Saturna Cafe in November 2018
Karen Muntean - Artist
My recent painting "Washi Quilt for Ella" has been included in the Victoria Arts Council's show called TEQNIK at their new improved gallery space on Store Street.
Six of my Harmonics will be hanging in the Saanich Centennial Library until July 8. This is the branch at Pearkes Arena complex near Tillicum Mall in Victoria.
Here are a couple photos of my paintings from the Arabesque, Energia and Harmonics series in the Leon Frazer offices in Toronto. They are there until September 2018.
Here are a few photos from Todos los Colores, Hazel Harris and my two-person show at Cedar Hill Rec Center main gallery. The show runs through October 1, 2017.
In the context of an art review in the New Yorker, Peter Scheldahl says
"Art often serves us by exposing conflicts among our values, not to propose solutions but to tap energies of truth, however partial, and beauty, however fugitive; and the service is greatest when our worlds feel most in crisis."
I've just posted to the web site six images from my new series based on cut-paper maquettes, mentioned in this blog post previously. I decided to call them "Harmonics" after reading this quote from John Elderfield in his book, "the Cut-Outs of Henri Matisse":
"the reassertion of harmony and the healing of alienation is a basic theme of Matisse's art."
I am of course not Matisse but I could hope these images head in that direction anyway.
I liked this quote from "Lisette's List" by Susan Vreeland, a novel set in the south of France, dealing with paintings by Pissarro, Cezanne and others who painted in that area.
"He knew that beauty gave comfort, that there was solace in the play of colours against one another, and upliftment of spirit in the grace of an arabesque curve."