Bay Area artist Karen Meadows was encouraged by her parents, an artist and a professor, to pursue the creativing process of making art. After receiving her MFA at California College of the Arts, Karen worked to develop her personal practice while also teaching art at a high school level. In fact, it is a delightful coincidence that UGallery staffer Madeline was a pupil of hers. Now Karen’s time is focused solely on her studio career. Her abstract, mixed-media and encaustic work relies on thoughtful color theory and use of pattern. Karen’s work has been shown at the Lausanne Biennale in Switzerland, at museums in Europe, and across the San Francisco Bay Area.
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About The Artist
My art will allow the viewer to experience color, texture, movement and surprise. My style is abstract with an occasional recognizable form layered within the paint. I use acrylic, collage and cold wax on wood panels.
When I start to apply paint or wax to a surface, many surprises happen. Most of my paintings have many layers, and this allows me to sand back to reveal discoveries that show me where to go next. I find endless inspiration and excitement excavating into the materials which guide my next move. My intention is to invite viewers to experience my process and see something new.
I have a deep love of color and pattern. When the painting starts to feel finished, I sometimes add a pattern or a color and try to bring it to a visually balanced piece.
Working in this way brings me great moments of joy, engagement, and challenge. It keeps me awake and in the moment.
I have always had a need to make things, to experiment with materials, and forms that have an emotional starting point. Encouraged from a young age by an artist mother and a freedom to make things and experiment guided my early vision to become an artist. I see my art getting larger in format and my studio practice continuing as a full time endeavor.
California College of the Arts
Master of Fine Arts, 1996