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About

Predominantly a charcoal & oil painter‚ I strive to portray emotion in every image be it a portrait or an industrial scene.The artists' role is that of social commentator. I believe that the work produced today will be the story books of the future &, as such, I imbue every piece of work with the honesty of the subject & my interpretation of the emotion around it at the time of painting. This then becomes a snapshot of my society & culture during my life. Working from my studio on the NSW Central Coast‚ I am grateful every day to be able to make a living sharing my vision & my passion.

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Education

Diploma Fine Art‚ 2014
Newcastle Art School
Ourimbah Campus

Exhibitions

(Selected)
2018 Finalist Lethbridge 10 000 Small Works Art Prize, 'Depth of Beauty'
2018 Finalist The Blake Art Prize, "Loss of Innocence'
2018 Finalist Hunters Hill Art Prize, 'Depth of Beauty'
2017 Finalist Gosford Art Prize, 'Spotto'
2017 Finalist ANL Maritime Art Awards, Scale
2016 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award, 'Artist as Subject'
2016 Finalist Paddington Art Prize, 'Siloettes'
2016 Finalist ANL Maritime Art Awards, ‘Stevedores’
2016 Finalist Hunters Hill Art Prize, ‘Pre-dawn Hum’
2015 Finalist Gosford Art Prize, 'Arterial Flow'
2015 Honorable Mention Faces Of Humanity, Art Competion.net,
‘The Reality of Us All (Noir)’
2014 Finalist St George Art Awards, 'Love Changes Everything'
2014 Finalist Gosford Art Prize, 'Memory Lane'
2014 Finalist SHE, 'Vivien'
2013 Finalist Hornsby Art Prize, 'Powerful Owl'
2012 Highly Commended Mental Health Art Works
Gosford Regional Gallery, ‘Shadowself’
2011 Encouragement Award Mental Health Art Works
Gosford Regional Gallery ‘Fallout’
2011 2nd Place ArtTT, Art Toppling Tobacco,‘Lost in a smokey haze’

Solo Exhibitions
2018 Wild at Heart, Kooindah Waters, Wyong, NSW
2016 Juggernaut, Tortuga Studios, St. Peters, NSW
2015 Juggernaut, Art Studios Gallery, North Gosford, NSW
2015 Fauna, Fair & Free, Willoughby Council Chambers, Chatswood, NSW
2014 Incandescent, Art Studios Gallery, Nth Gosford & TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW
2013 Moments of Grace, Factory 5, Warriewood, NSW
2012 Virtues of Value, Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW

Selected / Invitation Only Exhibitions
2018, 2016 Hunters Hill Art Prize, Hunters Hill Town Hall, NSW
2017 Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA)Exhibition, Royal Art Society, Lavender Bay, NSW
2017, 2016 ANL Maritime Art Award, Docklands, VIC
2017 Hunters Hill Pop-up Program, Hunters Hill, NSW
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Art by the Sea, Killcare SLSC, Killcare Beach, NSW
2016 Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2016 Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) 20th Exhibition, Royal Art Society, Lavender Bay, NSW
2016 Paddington Art Prize, Paddington, NSW
2015, 2014 Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW
2014 St George Art Awards, Hurstville City Museum & Gallery, NSW
2014 SHE, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong, VIC
2013 Hornsby Art Prize, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby NSW

Collaborations / Group Shows (Selected)
2018 The Industry of Us, CStudios Gallery, Newcastle West, NSW
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 Australian Spirit, Art Studios Cooperative & various locations, NSW
2017 Without Pier Gallery, Cheltenham, VIC. Group Show selected represented Artists.
2017 Every Individual Matters, Cre8tiv Gallery, St Leonards, Sydney
2016 Terraforma, Palm House Gallery, NSW Royal Botanic Gardens
2015 The Other Art Fair, Central Park, Sydney, NSW
2015 Animalia, Nanshe Studio Gallery, Hamilton, NSW
2015 Cohabitation, Palm House Gallery, NSW Royal Botanic Gardens
2012, 2011 Mental Health Art Works, Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW

Press

2018 Radio interview with Meredith Gilmore
https://soundcloud.com/meredithgilmore/karen-bloomfield-interview-as-broadcast-on-coast-arts-13518?in=meredithgilmore/sets/coast-arts-radio-show
Art Edit Magazine‚ Issues 4‚5&6 (2014/15)
10/2/14 Review of work by art critic Brian Sherman:
http://faso.com/fineartviews/71518/faso-featured-artists-artist-karen-bloomfield

Influences

Early realist painter Caravaggio‚ surrealist painter Dali‚ as well as contemporary artists Georgia O’Keefe‚ Lucian Freud & Ben McLaughlin.

100cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Oil Paint
$2,000
60cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Other Media
$660
100cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Oil Paint
$3,900
100cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Oil Paint
$2,950
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil Paint
$590
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil Paint
$590
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil Paint
$590
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil Paint
$590
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil Paint
$590