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Karen Curry  Bio  ·  

Since the mid 1990's I have periodically returned to the exploration of representations of skeletal hulls. During my travels I am drawn to the powerful forms of these traditional skin covered, wood framed boats. It is my practice as an artist to photograph the boats on location and then return to my studio to paint and work with these elemental structures.

Skeletal boat hulls share much with other subject matter that I have explored over the past several years in my work as a painter, I have been occupied with exploring and depicting objects and structures made by humans from organic materials. These objects are primarily objects of containment - images of vessels, boats, breakwaters, urns, grinding stones. The objects depicted are either in the process of construction or in the process of eroding, being taken back by nature.

My method of painting is intimately related to erosion and excavation. The paintings are mixed media (primarily acrylic) on wood panel, the technique one of layering and glazing then sanding and scraping to reveal the pigments and texture trapped beneath the surface.

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Karen Curry - Return to Nuuk II - click for larger image

Return to Nuuk II
24 x 72 Inches 
mixed media on panel
Karen Curry - Return to Nuuk III - click for larger image

Return to Nuuk III
24 x 72 Inches 
mixed media on panel
Please email the gallery to view more works by Karen Curry.

Karen Curry is a visual artist working primarily in the mediums of painting and photography. Having spent the last 20 years as a Toronto based artist she now lives on Gabriola Island.  Born in Yellowknife, the quality of light and the vastness of the north have left an indelible mark on her work. Karen Curry has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows nationally and internationally. Her work is held in numerous public, corporate and private collections.

Accademia Caerite, Ceri, Rome, Italy
Sun Valley Center for the Humanities, Sun Valley Idaho, USA
BFA, Visual Art with Distinction, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Solo Exhibitions
2009    Explorations, Jeremy Maude Gallery, Gabriola Island, BC
2007    Crepuscule, Open Studio, Toronto
2006    The Veil Between, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto
2006    Vessels, Galerie Gillygooly, North Hatley, Quebec
2006    Vessels, Snap Contemporary, Vancouver    
2005    Carriers of the Past,  ArtProject, Toronto
2005    Avenues To Stillness, Contact 2005, Open Studio, Toronto
2005    Full Exposure, Wellington Gallery, Aurora, ON
2004    Points of View,* new gallery*, Contact 2004, Toronto
2004    Equilibrium, (with MJ Steenberg), Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto
2003    Resting Place, Open Studio, Toronto
2003    And The Stones Remain, Propeller Centre For the Visual Arts, Toronto
2002    And The Stones Remain with I SAW, Dancemakers’ Studio, Toronto
2002    Fresco Installation, North American School of Natural Building, Coquille, Oregon
2000    Skin of the Earth, 96 Spadina Ave., Studio exhibition, Toronto
1996    Choisir, JK  at the Rom, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
1994    Monotypes and Woodcuts, Prior Editions, Vancouver, BC
1993    Shafts, 96 Spadina Ave., studio exhibition, Toronto
1992     Refuge,  Art Dialogue Gallery, Toronto
1987     Drawings and Prints, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
1987     Charcoal Drawings, Fraser Ave Studios, Studio exhibition, Toronto
1983     Paper Works, Latitude 53, Edmonton

Brompton Group, Toronto
Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby
Department of Foreign Affairs                                                                                                      
Energy Resources Conservation Board, Calgary                            
Ernst and Young, Toronto
Esso Canada Resources, Calgary
Deloitte Management. Toronto
The Donovan Collection, Toronto
Falconbridge Canada, Toronto
Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto
Gornitzki, Thompson and Little, Toronto
Hewlett - Packard, Toronto
Inco Limited, Toronto
Open Studio Archives, Toronto
Maple Leaf Foods, Toronto
Northern Trust, Toronto
Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver
Precambrian Shield Resources Ltd, Calgary
Prior Editions Archives, San Francisco/ Vancouver
Royal Bank, Toronto
The Investment Funds Institute of Canada, Toronto
University of Alberta, Edmonton    
University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

THE WALRUS Magazine, September 2004, pages 30 & 31, Killarney Morning I
Kate Taylor, Art About, The Globe and Mail, June 26, 1992
Bente Roed Cochran, Printmaking in  Alberta - 1945 – 1985,  Pages 44, 46
The University of Alberta Press. 1989
Phylis Matousek, Bright Future for Young Artists, The Edmonton Journal, July 3, 1984
Bente Roed Cochran

Selected Group Exhibitions
2009    Traversing Spaces, Open Studio, Toronto
2009    Contact, AGO Art Rental Galley, Toronto
2009    Mix, Jacana, Vancouver
2008    Washi Work-World Washi Summit, Propeller, Toronto
2008    ReVision, John B Aird Gallery, Toronto
2008    Versus, Snap Contemporary Art, Vancouver
2007    ONE, Snap Contemporary, Vancouver
2006    Printmakers. Muskoka Place Gallery, Port Carling, ON
2006    Photobased work with Doug Guildford, new gallery*,Toronto
2006    in cahoots, The Ink Shop, Ithica, New York  
2006    CWOP Contemporary Works On Paper, LENNOX contemporary, Toronto
2006    Artists’ Odysseys – The Arctic, Varley Art Gallery, Unionville, ON
2005    Triple X, Visual Arts Ontario Thirtieth Anniversary Touring Exhibition, Touring Ontario
2005    Prior Editions: 10 Years of Canadian Printmaking, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
2005    Of Movement and Stillness, Snap Design Studio, Vancouver, B.C.
2005    by association, Propeller, Toronto
2004    True, Wellington Gallery, Aurora, ON
2004    Cottage, AGO-Art Rental and Sales, Toronto
2004    CA > PE: Canada’s Open Studio in Peru, Galeria Juan Pardo Heeren Lima, Peru
2004    Gallery Artists,  Marine Adventure Gallery at Shoal Point, Victoria, B.C.
2004    Spark -Members Show, Propeller, Toronto
2004    New Members Show, Propeller, Toronto,
2003    From The Shadows: Work by Karen Curry & Elena Roginsky, Latcham Gallery , Stouffville,  ON
2003    Compelling Behaviours-The 9th Annual Great Canadian Printmaking Competition,
2003    Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
2003    Artists of Today and Tomorrow, The ART Company, Toronto
2003    Field Trip, Open Studio, Toronto
2002    Gallery Artists, Segreto Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico    
2001    Waterline, Open Studio, Toronto
1998    Plein Air, The Station Gallery, Whitby, ON
1998    Prior Editions at ART 98, Vancouver
1997    Glo, Archive, Toronto
1996    The Boat Show, Canadian Artists - A Nautical Look, Museum of Contemporary Art,North York
1996    Fresco Series 1996, Castle Di Ceri, Ceri, Rome
1996    FACE,  Open Studio, Touring - Harbourfront, Toronto. The Station Gallery, Whitby. Atelier Circulaire,
1995    Bunch O Printmakers, Touring - Workscene Gallery, Toronto. University of Western Ontario, London,
                O’Keefe Centre, Toronto
1994    Monotypes - The Painterly Print, Prior Editions, Vancouver
1993    A Show of Cats - The Feline in Art, Prior Editions, Vancouver
1993    La Boite Solander Ouvert, John B Aird Gallery, Toronto
1993    Gallery Artists, Art Dialogue Gallery, Toronto
1992    Gallery Artists, Art Dialogue, Toronto
1991    Roundup, Toronto
1991    Gallery Artists, Art Dialogue, Toronto
1991    Karen Curry and Lily Yung, Artscape, Toronto
1989    Freedom China (PDCC), Erindale Campus Art Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto
1989    Printmaking in Alberta 1945 -1985,  Woltjen/Udell Gallery, Edmonton
1986    Prints & Paintings - Moria Clark, Karen Curry, Torrie Groening, Sarah Nind, Open Studio,Toronto

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