Title: Second Stanza
30 x 40 x 2
Weight: 10.0 lbs.
Bright pastel shapes playfully dance together in this abstract acrylic painting.The piece, measuring 30 x 40”, has been created on wood panel with substantial 2" sides. The image on the face of the panel has been painted to continue around the deep edges, eliminating the need for framing. The piece is ready to be hung.
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With a life-long passion for art, Karen Hansen has been painting full time since 2001. She earned her degree in Fine Art from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. She followed that with 22 years in the field of animation. The film making took her to studios all over the world in a fascinating and challenging industry but painting full time was always her dream. And now she’s living her dream. Hansen's award winning paintings have been exhibited widely in both group and solo shows. Her work can be found in private and public collections across the United States as well as Europe. In addition, her paintings have been featured in various television productions. She has also served as an exhibition juror. Hansen is a native of Chicago. In 1985, after many brutal winters in the Midwest, she came to the Los Angeles area and fell in love with sun-drenched Southern California. She now lives in there with her husband and her cat.
My paintings are atmospheric abstractions of meditation and memory. They are entry points to the rhythms and the quiet mysteries of our lives. These serene paintings, with their subtle complexity, are layered translucently in search of radiance, nuance and depth. They evolve through a process of exploration, experimentation, revision and intuition. Above all, they are an expression of my curiosity, my love for the materials of my craft and the joy I feel when I paint. We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot from "Little Gidding"
BA Cum Laude, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
Solo exhibitions: 2012 Solo Show, Tah Gallery, South Pasadena, CA. 2010 “Etherea,” Whites Art, Framing & Restoration, Montrose, CA. 2006 "Uncharted," Whites Gallery, Montrose, CA. 2005 "Light and Lifescapes," Abbot Kinney Art Gallery, Venice, CA. Awards: 2012 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th place for Minimalism, American Art Awards 2012 International Competition. www.americanartawards.com 2011 1st place for Minimalism, 2nd place for Abstracts, 2nd place for Minimalism, 4th place for Minimalism, American Art Awards 2011 International Competition. www.americanartawards.com 2010 Honorable Mention, LarkGallery Online. www.LarkGalleryOnline.com 2007 Jack Richeson Merchandise Award, ISAP 10th Annual International Exhibition. 2006 Second place, Acrylic Painting category, Best Of California Artists & Artisans2006, Kennedy Promotions LLC, publisher. 2004 Best of Show, Women Painters West Award, Women Painters West Juried Exhibition. Blessing Semler Award for Contemporary Innovative Work, Women Painters West Juried Exhibition. Honorable Mention, Women Painters West Juried Exhibition. 2003 Anonymous Donor Award, Valley Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition. 1998 Honorable Mention, Women Painters West Juried Exhibition. 1995 Irene Modjeska Memorial Special Merit Award, Midwest Watercolor Society 19th Annual National Exhibition, Neville Public Museum. 1982 Winner, Minnesota "Art In Architecture" Manhole Cover Design Competition
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