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The Art Portfolio of Karen Rovner

An abstracted painting with a ghostly figureCourage To, pumice, oil, oil stick, paper, wax medium

Karen Rovner currently works in a studio in North Andover, Massachusetts. Her artwork represents an intuitive style of painting, with the artist often beginning her works without a plan, and using her aesthetic instincts to produce each composition.

An abstract painting made with blocks in dark neutral tonesAfter the Election, oil, cold wax

I find the mixture of abstraction and figuration in Karen’s portfolio quite interesting. The artist has said that her intuitive way of working often results in the unintentioned reproduction of recognizable objects and spaces. I wonder if the majority of the artist’s figurative works were planned this way, or if they were happy accidents.

A screen capture of Karen Rovner's art portfolio websiteKaren's portfolio website


Given the abstract nature of the majority of Karen’s works, I find that the artist’s paintings tend to offer a glimpse into a particular mood or atmosphere more than a specific time or place. In some cases it’s both -- like in the artist’s recent painting After the Election. In others, like Upstairs bathroom, third floor in Hamden CT, the tone is still the clear focus, but it in and of itself is much more benign.

An abstract painting made using bright blue tonesUpstairs bathroom, third floor in Hamden, CT, oil 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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