Contemporary Color Pop: Artist spotlight on Karen Banker

by Liz McKay, Gallery Manager

Editor’s Note: Twice-a-week, leading up to our “111: Small Works Show”, gallery manager Liz McKay will introduce to you one artist being featured in this unique show. If you like this article, come out to opening night of “111: The Small Works Show” on April 21st at Gallery 27.

As a painter of abstracts, I always enjoy talking about the use of color, line, texture and composition to create a mood or tell a story. It’s particularly enjoyable to meet a kindred artist who understands this passionate pursuit. I met Karen Banker through our mutual affiliation with Gallery 27 and whenever we have the occasion to see each other at openings, you can bet a lively conversation will ensue.

Karen Banker is known for her large, vibrant abstract works that evoke emotions and tug at the core of one’s soul. Her work elicits tension and movement with critics describing her work as “powerful, intense, and thought provoking”.

Influenced by 20th century abstract expressionists including Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell, Karen talks about what propels her work:

“I am passionate about the existence and mystery of the human soul and our life long journey back to true self. My work is about awareness, self-discovery, and our journeys inward. It is about the layers that lie beneath our physical exteriors, beneath the surface of conversations, thoughts and ideas.” ~Karen Banker