Hervey Bay / Maryborough, QLD
Contemporary abstract artist Karen M. Andersen paints enticing, colourful artworks infused with emotion. Her works are held in numerous private collections across Australia, England, Europe, and the United States. Browse and purchase from Karen’s existing body of work here and view her works in progress on Instagram @karenmandersen. Karen is also available for commissions, collaborations, and exhibitions. Please contact her for more information.
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Contemporary abstract artist Karen M. Andersen works from her home studio on the Fraser Coast in southeast Queensland. Her lifetime spent growing up here – together with university studies in biological science – has seen her develop a deep affection for Queensland’s beaches, reef ecosystems, coastal waterways, rainforests, and seemingly eternal Summer weather. It is these themes which she consistently explores in her artwork.
Karen finds that painting abstractly allows her to process her emotions, face her fears, grow in confidence and wisdom, and heal from depression and anxiety. As a vocal advocate for mental health awareness, she also explores themes of joy, hope, empowerment and determination in her art. Her lifelong obsession with colour and fervour for experimental and expressive mark-making serve as the vehicles through which she delivers her messages.
Karen paints instinctively and spontaneously using acrylics to create brilliantly-coloured works on canvas. Flamboyant, vibrant hues dance harmoniously around more sorbet tones, laid down firstly in planes of colour then accented with daring splashes, drips, dots, lines and swirls of paint. The resulting artworks are evocative, intoxicating and exciting…alive with character, rich in emotion, and imbued with layers of meaning.
Karen has undertaken tertiary studies in fine art, art history, and small business management. She has also undertaken numerous specialist art classes, the most noteable being a masterclass with renowned Australian artist Ken Done in 2016. Karen has exhibited in select group and competitive exhibitions and has won various awards for her artwork over the last 11 years.
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