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.







I will be participating in the Saturna Studio tour by showing some work from winter 2017-18 at the Community Hall lounge.  If you're on Saturna for the long weekend, please come by!





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.






In 2018 I've been going a slightly different direction, away from the hard-edged abstractions of 2017.  I started by pouring on color, collaging Japanese origami papers and gel transfers of my photographs,  using tar gel for texture.  Then veiling the result in either black or white, wiping away this layer to expose the strong colour beneath.  Here are a couple photographs of works in progress and details of the finished pieces, "Chiyogami"  and "Tenerife" on my website in the Origami series. 

 







 









 

 

 





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.

 










Hazel Harris and I are excited to be showing our work together this fall at Cedar Hill Rec Main Gallery in Saanich.  

 

We hired Kate Cino to help us with publicity and she created a web page that talks about our work for this show.  This can be accessed at 

 

http://www.artopenings.ca/colours.html

 

We are grateful for her expert help.

 

I came across another quote that I feel expresses my sentiments about my work for this show....and maybe my work in general:

 

"I make things that are not serious, but I do it very seriously."  Alexis Poliakoff


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."


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