Karen Greville-Smith – Paintings in Oil & Pastel
Working in oil on canvas or board, and in pastel on paper Karen Greville-Smith draws from a range of subject matter to explore how lines, colours, geometric shapes, and surface patterns intersect in unique ways to create form. With a background in graphic design she understands composition and is able to place objects in the picture plane, finding new meanings in familiar items by isolating them and manipulating forms in terms of scale, colour and shadow.
There is an ethereal component to her work, a sense of the surreal. In the end these engaging paintings encourage us to find the magical in the everyday.
Her pastel landscape works are inspired by colours in nature and the sunlight on water experienced during visits to Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly. Recent studies from nature are made in mono-print and stitchwork.
She has exhibited her work in galleries in the South and South West of England. One of her paintings was exhibited and sold at a Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2008). In October 2014 she exhibited paintings at Agora Gallery New York.
Karen works as an artist in the community and is regularly invited into schools where she works with a wide range of age groups and runs insets for teachers. She also runs art workshops for young people in a mental health unit and has run others for the elderly, people with dementia and their carers and people with physical disabilities.