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Karen Kawarsky (b.1971) is a Canadian painter with a background in interior design and photography. Her paintings draw from experiences and impressions in her own life through an abstract lens. Since she was a child, her love of creating and painting has remained a constant throughout her life.

Karen Kawarsky’s work has a strong focus on layered textures that are complex yet move with a gentle and classical flow. The thick application of oil paints unconventionally mixed with acrylic and plasters, have been a long-time approach to her wood panel base. Subtle and rich colored landscapes and non-representational studies that are bold and energetic are concurrent themes throughout her work. Karen’s compositions are inspired by the development of character seen in man-made materials and natural elements that age through time. Her painting process and textural nuances form a natural relationship that intertwine imaginative and abstract interpretations.

Karen’s work has been honored in solo and group exhibitions, American and Canadian Magazines, displayed in galleries, and appears in many private collections internationally such as Los Angeles, Bermuda, Vancouver, Hong Kong, London, and Israel.

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Art Fairs

2023 Rosedale Art Fair Toronto, Canada

2015 The Artist Project Toronto, Canada

2014 The Artist Project Toronto, Canada

2013 The Artist Project Toronto, Canada

2012 The Artist Project Toronto, Canada

2010 The Distillery Art Show Toronto, Canada

2009 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Toronto, Canada


Solo Exhibitions

2012 It Looks The Same, Alison Milne Gallery Toronto, Canada

2010 A Broader Meaning, The Art Gallery of Hamilton Hamilton, Canada

2010 Distinction, The Spoke Club Toronto, Canada

2010 Into the Red, Art Square Gallery Toronto, Canada

2009 Entropy, The Great Hall Toronto, Canada

2008 Forward, The Great Hall Gallery Toronto, Canada

2006 Rising, Czehoski Gallery Toronto, Canada

2005 New Beginnings, O'my Gallery Toronto, Canada


Group Exhibitions

2011 Alison Milne Gallery Toronto, Canada

2010 Whistler Village Arts Gallery Winter Olympic Show Whistler, British Columbia

2009 The Art Gallery of Hamilton Hamilton, Canada

2008 Whistler Village Arts Gallery Whistler, British Columbia

2008 Engine Gallery Toronto, Canada

2007 Engine Gallery Toronto, Canada

2006  Grace Gallery Toronto, Canada

2005 Fashion Cares, Toronto, Canada

2004 Virgin Thread Market Bemused Inc. Toronto, Canada

2003 Virgin Thread Market Bemused Inc. Toronto, Canada

Editorials:

 

2023 HGTV Magazine - " Here's The Story", - Artwork featured in residential home

2022 National Post - "From Dumpy to Dashing", - Artwork featured in residential home

2019 Luxe Magazine - "The Handmade Tale", Artwork featured in residential home

2015 House and Home Magazine, Artwork featured in residential home

2013  Steven and Chris - "How to Renovate your home with Art", Artwork

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Education:

 

1990-1993 York University Toronto, Canada - Sociology Major

2001 OCAD Toronto, Canada - Life Drawing, Winter Program

2001 Sheridan College Toronto, Canada -Photography, Summer Program

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