Karen Curry THE EDGE EFFECT studio 13 fine art: April 13-16,2018
Ancient Light, The Edge and Our Liquid World
The paintings from these series are brought together under the umbrella “The Edge Effect”
and represent part of a multi year visual exploration into of aspects of shorelines. These
paintings focus on the ethereal nature of the intertidal zone – on documenting the
movement of water, edges, light and traces of erosion.
Beginning in 2015 in New Zealand, I wanted to explore imagery grounded in my obsession
with edges, particularly the ever changing nature of the edges of islands. These initial
paintings now form part of the Ancient Light series. Upon returning to my studio on
Gabriola I continued the series to try to capture the unique sandstone features of the
shoreline of my home island and other remembered islands. This entire series is included
in the collaborative limited edition book Ancient Light. The Edge continues the explorations
begun in Ancient Light on a larger scale. The series Our Liquid World and Phasing
consider aspects of water’s mutable nature.
The colour palette has evolved and changed in these series as a response to considering
different shorelines, erosion and light conditions. The vast differing of blues combined with
the opacity and translucence of water, is an endless source of fascination and challenge.
The Edge VII- X, fluid acrylic on Yupo, 2017. Each painting is 42” X 28”
Karen Curry is a Canadian visual artist working in the mediums of painting, photography and
printmaking. A Toronto based artist for 20 years, since 2009 she has based her home and
studio on Gabriola Island, BC.
Always a lover of shorelines Curry’s move to Gabriola has fuelled her fascination with the
enveloping, often isolating and always inspiring aspects of the intertidal zone.
Born in Yellowknife, Curry obtained her BFA at the University of Alberta and continued her studies
at the Accademia Caerite, Italy and The Sun Valley Center for the Humanities, Idaho. She continues
to participate in international residencies most recently in New Zealand and The Azores.
Curry has exhibited widely in solo and group shows, nationally and internationally. Her work is held
in numerous public, corporate and private collections. Selected corporate collections include: Art
Gallery of NSW, Sydney-Australia, Burnaby Art Gallery-Burnaby, Department of Foreign Affairs-
Ottawa, The Donovan Collection-Toronto, Ernst and Young-Toronto, The Investment Funds Institute
of Canada-Toronto, The National Gallery-Canberra-Australia. Palm Springs Museum, California,
Royal Bank- Toronto, Vancouver Art Gallery-Vancouver.