Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas (b.1963/UK) is acclaimed for her pop-culture figures and loosely dynamic painting style. While her infamous superhero collections reconstruct well-known characters’ identities with wild expressionism, her postcard collectibles transpose celebrities into small, but utterly enigmatic portraits. In doing so, Karen Thomas has created a distinguished style, recognisable for its thick and vivacious brushstrokes.

Karen Thomas’ series Figurer le féminin is based upon random observation, acquaintance, film and fashion editiorial.  She has shown in numerous exhitions this year including  The Other Art Fair, London and Brooklyn, Art Below, Los Angeles and the Kölner Liste, Cologne. Her work has also been included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, featured on the culture show and identified by Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator at Saatchi Art as a ‘must see’ artist.

Karens’ paintings will be on show in ‘3 Femmes dans la ville’, Espace Dominique Bagouet, Montpellier (France) June 13_02 September 2018.

EDUCATION

B.A. Froebel Institute, Roehampton, London

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

3 Femmes dans La ville, Espace Dominique Bagouet, Montpellier, France

RPAF, London

The Other Art Fair, Los Angeles

Postcards from the Edge for Visual Aids, Gallery 524, NY
2017

Artonapostcard, Secret auction

ACAF, BOZAR, Brussels
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017, London
The Other Art Fair, London, Bristol, NYC Brooklyn Expo Center
Catherine et Moi, Galerie LeCoeur, Paris
Kölner Liste, Cologne
Art Below, Los Angeles at Grand Union Station and Surlemur gallery, Pacific Design Center
2016
The Other Art Fair, London and Bristol
Art Below, New Orleans
Weissenhaus, Nimmesgernsternberg off-site
Postcards from the Edge, Visual Aids, NY
Artonapostcard at Moniker
2015
Affordable Art Fair, Hamburg
The Other Art Fair, London
SELECT Art Fair NYC
Auction for Elephant Haven, Kate Garner with Rosebery’s, London
Postcards from the Edge for Visual Aids, New York
International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
‘Véhicules: Auto, Moto, Vélo, train avion et Bateau’, MIAM, Sète, France
2014
Factory-Gallery, Truman Brewery, London
Berliner Lister, Berlin
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
The Other Art Fair, London
Postcards from the Edge, New York
The International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Salonely, Members's Show, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh
2013
Peintresx6, Montpellier
Pictovirus, Yann Dumoget and Karen Thomas, collages and drawings
Art Below at Regent's Park underground station
Salon d'automne, Paris
Karen Thomas illustrates Stéphane Mallarmé, Le nénuphar blanc, Collection Parce que des Editions Luis Casinada (artist's book) 
Barcelona Showcase, Casa Battlo, Barcelona
Postcards from the Edge, Visual Aids, New York
International postcard show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2012
Art Below, Regent's Park tube station, London
Jean Cocteau, Unique et Multiple, Musée Fabre Montpellier (A Shelley, Editions Luis Casinada) 
2007
Festival du Roman Noir, Musée de Frontignan
2003
Des nus et des nues ou les aventures de la Percheronne 1853-2003, Musée Gustave Courbet, Ornans
2002
Louis Philippe Vivien et Karen Thomas, Galerie Jean-Yves Franch Font, Montpellier
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010 Miscellaneous, Galerie Saint Ravy, Montpellier
2008 Karen Thomas, Peintures, Galerie Yves Faurie, Sète
2006 Portraits de Quartier, La Baignoire, Montpellier (
(Series of fifty portraits, texts by Magali-Wiéner) 
2002 Hommage à un Musée, Galerie Jean-Yves Franch Font, Montpellier
GALLERIES
5Pieces Gallery
Red Propeller, Devon

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