Karen Gilbert exhibition
1 – 31 March 2011
Paintings by Karen Gilbert. Her paintings are textural and tactile so that often they are mistaken for being of mixed media with metallic paint looking like wire or embroidery thread, or dried paint appearing like paper.
Karen Gilbert BEd, Hons. MA
I enjoy the combination of the freedom of exploring acrylics while keeping within the traditional boundaries of painting on canvas. Although I have certain ideas and influences the process of creating, exploring and working with the paint on canvas is exciting and stimulating because I don’t know how it’s going to end and what I will discover on the way.
My paintings are textural and tactile so that often they are mistaken for being of mixed media with metallic paint looking like wire or embroidery thread, or dried paint appearing like paper.
As a visual arts medium, dried, peeling paint is extremely evocative in itself. It is the fragile evidence of passing time on previous activity, human traces of the past. Similarly metallic and reflective paint and the flickering sparkles of glitter with their dependence upon the quality of the light is a manifestation of the impermanence and fragility of human perception and experience.
After gaining a BEd Hons degree (Art) I worked throughout the education sector over a number of years as Head of Art in middle school, teaching GCSE and A level in senior school, and as an Art Tutor in adult education with West Cheshire College. While completing an Artist Teacher MA in 2005 I began practising as an artist full time. Since then I have exhibited across North West England and North Wales. I am also working with Aintree Hospitals Trust developing site specific works appropriate to the needs of a variety of people in the hospital environment.