Karen Fitzgerald

Joined Artfinder: July 2017

Artworks for sale: 10

United States

About Karen Fitzgerald

 
 
  • Biography
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             For 29 years I have been working exclusively in the tondo form. Roundness is fundamental to the way I think.  The form is uniquely able to convey an essence of interconnection, wholeness and metaphysical purpose.  The energies within our physical world are interconnected; I am interested in the process of elucidating those interconnections. I thin oil paint until it is in a fluid form, building up layers and producing a luminous, subtle, rich surface.  The paint is added on top of a gilded surface.  The gilded ground, whether copper, silver, 23k gold or 12k gold provides a distinctly "other-worldly" space.  It evokes a universal space including our physical plane.  

       I use color as pure light, physical energy, creating complex shades and tones that reconnect energies present in the everyday world with my own as well as viewers’ experiences.  My work gives you a way to have a visual experience of your own energy.  Similar to looking in a mirror, when you look into one of my paintings, you respond to the color, nuance and energy that is embedded in the piece.  I use the gilded ground as a cue; just as the artists of the Renaissance used gold leaf to signify spiritual aspects, my use of gold does not hold a decorative intention.  I intend that the precious metal indicates something beyond our physical world, something metaphysical. 
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  • Education

    1988 - 1990

    Teachers College, Columbia University

    1983 - 1985

    Hunter College

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    Event: In the Space of Spirit

    Dates: Nov. 16, 2017 - Jan. 11, 2018

    Venue: Lakefront Gallery, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, NJ, 08690

    Ula Einstein, Karen Fitzgerald, Nancy Nikkal and Kristin Reed present work that explores the energy and presence of the metaphysical in our everyday world. The four mid-career artists included in this exhibition work with the spatial complexities of the 2– and 3-dimensional world. Expressed in painterly nuance, the work as a whole explores different aspects of our physical world that also imply the meta-physics of the space / time continuum we occupy. A sense of duality emerges in all the works. This is a balanced duality; oppositions illuminate each other.

    Event: In This House of Sky

    Dates: May 25, 2017 - June 18, 2017

    Venue: Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY

    11 contemporary artists exhibited 63 artworks exploring the sky - their imaginative connection with it, as well how it informs their work. The exhibition ran from May 25 through June 18, 2017. I curated the show, and produced it, including the installation of the work.

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Education

1988 - 1990

Teachers College, Columbia University

1983 - 1985

Hunter College


There are no upcoming events

Show previous eventsHide previous events

Previous events

Event: In the Space of Spirit

Dates: Nov. 16, 2017 - Jan. 11, 2018

Venue: Lakefront Gallery, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, NJ, 08690

Ula Einstein, Karen Fitzgerald, Nancy Nikkal and Kristin Reed present work that explores the energy and presence of the metaphysical in our everyday world. The four mid-career artists included in this exhibition work with the spatial complexities of the 2– and 3-dimensional world. Expressed in painterly nuance, the work as a whole explores different aspects of our physical world that also imply the meta-physics of the space / time continuum we occupy. A sense of duality emerges in all the works. This is a balanced duality; oppositions illuminate each other.

Event: In This House of Sky

Dates: May 25, 2017 - June 18, 2017

Venue: Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY

11 contemporary artists exhibited 63 artworks exploring the sky - their imaginative connection with it, as well how it informs their work. The exhibition ran from May 25 through June 18, 2017. I curated the show, and produced it, including the installation of the work.


 

Biography

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         For 29 years I have been working exclusively in the tondo form. Roundness is fundamental to the way I think.  The form is uniquely able to convey an essence of interconnection, wholeness and metaphysical purpose.  The energies within our physical world are interconnected; I am interested in the process of elucidating those interconnections. I thin oil paint until it is in a fluid form, building up layers and producing a luminous, subtle, rich surface.  The paint is added on top of a gilded surface.  The gilded ground, whether copper, silver, 23k gold or 12k gold provides a distinctly "other-worldly" space.  It evokes a universal space including our physical plane.  

   I use color as pure light, physical energy, creating complex shades and tones that reconnect energies present in the everyday world with my own as well as viewers’ experiences.  My work gives you a way to have a visual experience of your own energy.  Similar to looking in a mirror, when you look into one of my paintings, you respond to the color, nuance and energy that is embedded in the piece.  I use the gilded ground as a cue; just as the artists of the Renaissance used gold leaf to signify spiritual aspects, my use of gold does not hold a decorative intention.  I intend that the precious metal indicates something beyond our physical world, something metaphysical. 
 
 
 
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