Karen Freedman

Painting/Mixed Media

Archived Work

Contact Information

702 E Kennedy Road
North Wales, PA 19454
e-mail: Karen Freedman
www.karenfreedman.com
Space Gallery, Denver, CO
Please contact artist or galleries for purchases, commissions, workshops, etc.

Artist Statement

No matter how many alternate paths my work takes I always seem to return to order and repetition. These twin elements found in the patterns that surround us are with me as an underlying touchstone of inspiration.

I take this concept of order and repetition and introduce a semblance of disarray without ever really abandoning the grid-like structure. I look to challenge the predictability inherent in patterns through my seemingly arbitrary use of colors which are chosen and arranged to give structure and movement to the pattern.

Artist Bio

Karen Freedman is a Pennsylvania artist recognized for her vibrant abstract geometric paintings that explore the interaction of color and its ability to alter perception. She began her formal training studying jewelry design at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Ms. Freedman then went on to build a successful graphic design business followed by her immersion in the fine arts.

Ms. Freedman has exhibited both locally and nationally at venues that include Endicott College, Hunterdon Art Museum, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Gallery at Penn State Great Valley, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Art Center Sarasota, Kimball Art Center, Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle, Prairie State College, and the George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University. Her work is featured in the books Encaustic With a Textile Sensibility by Daniella Woolf, Encaustic Art (Art of the Century) by Jennifer Margell, and Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century by Anne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney, as well as numerous exhibition catalogs. Ms. Freedman’s work also appears in Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 23 as well as the DVD, In the Encaustic Studio, Advanced Mixed Media Techniques by Michelle Belto.

Ms. Freedman was a presenter at the Ninth International Encaustic Conference. She has twice been the recipient of the conference’s Juror’s Award, a distinction held by only one other artist in the nine-year history of the Encaustic Conference.

Karen Freedman is a full-time practicing artist who lives and works in North Wales, PA.

Selected Exhibitions

2015
Math in Art, Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Patterns, The Art Trust at Meridian Bank, West Chester, PA

Group Exhibition, Schoolhouse Gallery, Cape Cod, MA

Minimal/Maximum, Ninth International Encaustic Conference, Truro Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, MA

Pattern: Geometric | Organic, Space Gallery, Denver CO

Organic to Geometric: Investigations in Structure and Surface, Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, Endicott College, Beverly, MA

2014
RSVP 2014, LG Tripp Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton NJ

2013
Obscure/Reveal, James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Reverberance, Cerulean Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

Cumulative Force, The Gallery at R&F, Kingston, NY

Symmetry, Joseph and Marilyn Henry Gallery, Penn State Great Valley, Malvern PA

2012
2012 Muse Invitational, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2012, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

2011
WOW!: Women & Wax, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

Encaustic With a Textile Sensibility, Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT

Beeline, Fifth International Encaustic Conference, Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Rhomboid Rumba, Joanne Mattera Art Blog

2010
Best Foot Forward, Fourth Encaustic Painting Conference, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Juror: Joanne Mattera

2009
Prime, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Artist of the Month, R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY

Encaustic Works ‘09, sponsored by R&F Paints, Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
Juror: Heather Hutchinson

Tangible Wax, Prairie State College Christopher Art Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

Art Connections 5, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Juror: Patricia G. Selden

2008
Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juror: William Pym

Carano Gallery, Inaugural Exhibition, Carano Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

On the Edge, Second National Encaustic Painting Conference, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Juror: Laura Moriarty

66th Annual Awards Painting Exhibit, Cheltenham Arts Center, Cheltenham, PA
Juror: Doug Pascall

2007
2nd Annual Juried Group Exhibition, Schuylkill Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Textures, Schuylkill Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Absolutely Abstract Juried Exhibition, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA,
Juror: Moe Brooker

smARTS Juried Group Show, Philadelphia, PA

2005
The American Juried Art Salon, Dallas, TX

Artists at the Mills, Crafts for Living Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003
63rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Education

2002
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1977
Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA

1973
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Publications

2015
Pattern Geometric |Organic, exhibition catalog published by Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Organic to Geometric: Investigations in Surface and Structure, Heftler Gallery, Endicott College, Beverly, MA
Introduction by curator Carol Pelletier

2013
Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Exhibition Catalog, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ

Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Exhibition Catalog, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

Belto, Michelle, In the Encaustic Studio DVD, North Light Media and ArtistsNetwork.tv Production, 2013

Margell, Jennifer, Encaustic Art (Art of the Century), Parkstone Press, New York, NY, 2013

2010
Woolf, Daniella, Encaustic With a Textile Sensibility, Waxy Buildup Press

2009
Prime, Exhibition Catalog, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Encaustic Works ‘09, Exhibition Catalog

Bibliography

2016
Lee, Anne and Rooney, E. Ashley, Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century, Schiffer Publishing, 2016

2014
Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 23, Open Studio Press, Boston, MA

2013
Rothman, Marybeth, “Three Days, Two Exhibitions, One Studio Visit,” Marybeth Rothman Studio Blog, September

Mattera, Joanne, “Following Up, Part 3: ‘Swept Away’,” Joanne Mattera Art Blog, September 15

Shaw, Kurt, “James Gallery Collection Reveals Complex Works Painted With Wax,” Pittsburgh Tribune Review, December 4

Edward, Brian, “Review – Obscure/Reveal, James Gallery,” ‘Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh, PA, December 2

Otterbein, Holly, “First Friday Focus,” City Paper, Philadelphia, PA, October 31

Martina, J. Fatima, “Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic,” Artscope, May-June, 2013

‘Swept away’ by encaustic at Cape Cod Museum of Art, Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence,” Wicked Local Dennis, Dennis, MA, May 26

Barr, Adam, “To Be Art, And Not Fade Away,” Brains Splattered on the Keyboard Blog, February 13

2012
Sullivan, Patricia, “Karen Freedman’s Decorative ‘Musings’,” Art Does Matter Blog, August 12

2011
Mattera, Joanne, “Romboid Rumba,” Joanne Mattera Art Blog, May 11

2010
Haggard, Lynette, “Karen Freedman: Artist Interview,” Lynette Haggard Art Blog, July 26

2009
Duckett, William, “Tangible Wax,” Art Examiner, Chicago, IL

2008
Beautiful Abstract Paintings by Encaustic Painter Karen Freedman,” Empty Easel Blog, August 29

Awards and Honors

2010
Director’s Award, Best Foot Forward, Fourth International Encaustic Painting Conference, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Juror: Joanne Mattera

2006
Artist of Merit, Absolutely Abstract Juried Exhibition, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Moe Brooker

Selected Collections

Insaco Inc, Quakertown, PA
Michael Gerald Ltd., New York City
The Goldenberg Group, Blue Bell, PA

Various private collections

 
 

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