Blog Menu

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

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

Read more of Dallas' posts

Easily build your art website

and focus your time on making art.


Try free for 30 days. No payment required.