Gesture in Motion: The Paintings of Karen Thomas

Karen_Thomas_Photo_Richard_Sprang Karen Thomas | Photo credit Richard Sprang

“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.

She has shown both individually and in group exhibitions at The Other Art Fair (London, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago) Art Below (London, New Orleans, Los Angeles), 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.”

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Installation view: 3 Femmes Dans La Ville, Espace Dominique Bagouet Montpellier | © Karen Thomas
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Original_Barbie | Acrylic on sheet canvas  | 50 x 65 cm | © Karen Thomas 2018
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Grace Kelly Rear Window  | Acrylic on sheet canvas | 50 x 65 cm | © Karen Thomas
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BB Vichy | Acrylic on paper | 50 x 65 cm | © Karen Thomas
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Two-gun Mickey | Acrylic and charcoal on 300g paper | 75 x 110 cm | © Karen Thomas
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Gone With the Wind | 50 x 65 cm | Acrylic on canvas sheet | © Karen Thomas
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Installation view: Two-gun Mickey | Photo credit: Charlie Bonallack
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Installation view: 3 Femmes Dans La Ville, Espace Dominique Bagouet Montpellier | © Karen Thomas
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Superhero originals | 50 x 70 cm | Evenemential installation: Musée Fabre Montpellier | © Karen Thomas
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Art Below Regent’s Park Underground, London | Man on the Moon | Postcard collectible | © Karen Thomas
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Art Below New Orleans | Guitarist | Postcard collectible | © Karen Thomas

 

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Karen Thomas | Photo credit Richard Sprang

 

Upcoming
‘Les Voeux de Saint Denis’_
Paris _Limited edition screen print to be diffused on bus shelters and on a 16 meter tarpaulin on the Paris circular

Superfine L.A. (Art Fair)

Check out more of Karen’s work at her website or on Instagram.