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An Emphasis on Color: Art by Karen Muntean


An abstract painting with thick, colored linesSpring Energia, acrylic on canvas

Karen Muntean grew up in Idaho before moving the South Coast of British Columbia. Currently working in Victoria, Karen creates both abstract and figurative works with an emphasis on color.

 


A painting with bright colors and overlapping round elongated formsSummer Energia, acrylic on canvas

I’m really taken by Karen’s Energia series. The works in this series are abstract, all based off a similar compositional technique of thick, rounded, undulating lines snaking across a monochromatic or color-wash background. Sometimes the lines themselves are colored, and they are applied in varying lengths, though they never intersect. There is something about the movement of these forms that reminds of Keith Haring’s style.

 

The gallery of prints on Karen Muntean's art websiteKaren's gallery of prints

 

In her Arabesques series, Karen utilizes a similar technique of layering, though with a more complex blend of stylized floral and geometric elements. I also really enjoy the selection of prints that Karen includes in her portfolio. These prints are figurative, stylized with heavy outlines and simplified color schemes for a modern, graphic look. 

 

A painting with geometric color patterns overlaid by floral formsDancing Arabesque, acrylic on canvas


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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