FrameSource Artist Of The Month
Karen Biko November 2012
I have been surrounded by art and creativity all my life. Some of the influences started early when as a child we were living across the street from a well known artist in Winnipeg, Bruce Head, others just followed along with my life such as remaining friends with my high school art teachers.
My family all seemed to be creative, which just helped fuel the desire and the creativity. My sister and aunt are both artists, my father is a woodworker, and my mother is immensely talented in her many creative pursuits. I spent two complete summers at the Leighton Centre with Barbara Leighton and Roma Jones.
How could Art not be a part of my life?
I love colour and I love expressing movement through my paintings. Each one creates itself on the paper and canvas. Never realizing what the final outcome will be until the last brush stroke, or more likely in my case, the last dot, signifies the complete work.
My pieces have been on display at the Triangle Gallery, The Leighton Centre and many other venues within Calgary and area over the last several years. Also, currently my larger pieces are being displayed in show homes as feature pieces.
Since I am involved in multiple art groups around the city you never know what shows and exhibits I’ll appear in, often several at the same time!
Painting to me is as much about the emotion and intention behind it as the structure and technique. My work is developed through experiment, building my own tools, and having a sense of play and due to this each piece evolves into its own entity as I build into it.
The majority of the pieces I create are often vastly different than my initial vision and this is part of the excitement I find with abstract art. Some sessions It’s almost like I’m purposefully painting and know where I’m heading, others I get to a certain stage where I set the piece aside and have to come back to it later.
Due to this, I always have a large stock of pieces in production and it is not uncommon for me to work on dozens at the same time. Fine tuning, tweaking and capturing the emotion and energy in a combination of colour, motion and even texture.
Some of these pieces take years to complete as they are not ready until they ‘tell’ me so. While others evolve quickly as I find a natural synergy with the piece.
Since everyone interprets art, especially abstract art, differently I love when people talk about my paintings and tell me the things they ‘see or feel’ within them everybody has their own interpretation, and sometimes it changes how I see. While other times it helps provide an idea of where a “work in process’ piece should go!
To see more of Karen’s work, visit www.KarenBiko.com