Karen Standke is a talented artist, who started painting 20 years ago and has since exhibited in various countries around the world. Her oil paintings feature remote landscapes - in particular Central Australia, where she finds herself going back to time after time since her residency back in 2006.
As well as her original works, Karen sells limited edition prints on the beautiful Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, which allows her to reach a larger audience after the originals have been sold - something that all working artists should look into if they are not doing so already!
Karen is part of an exhibition touring Australia later in the year titled "Black mist - Burnt Country". We definitely recommend going along to see these stunning works in person! You can also pop by Jackman Gallery in St Kilda where Karen's original oil paintings are on display.
Where are you based and how long have you been a visual artist for?
I am based in Coburg, and will celebrate 20 years of painting next year, officially! (Unofficially, I haven been drawing since I was little, but discovered oil painting in 1997).
Education and background:
I left Germany in January 1997 to study Japanese art in Tokyo, was based in New Zealand after that for 3 years and settled in Australia in 2001.
What do you feel is your biggest achievement to date?
I won a grant form the Pollock-Krasner -Foundation in 2004, which helped establish my international credentials by exhibiting both in Austria and Australia that year.
In 2006, after a stint at Arthur Boyd's Bundanon residency program, I organised and self funded an extended residency in Central Australia, a region I periodically revisit and paint again and again.
What are your creative influences?
My earliest creative influences are German and Austrian painters such as Franz Marc, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Alfons Walde, my favourite Australian painter is without question Russell Drysdale.
What are your favourite tools of the trade?
My favourite tool of the trade is of course my extensive brush collection, especially very fine fan brushes.
How has being able to create edition prints from your originals been influential to your business?
The availability of limited edition prints of my mostly sold work enables me to reach a wider customer base at affordable prices. I keep the editions strictly limited to 50 pieces each, no matter what size the print.
The next exhibition I am very honoured to be part of is a exhibition titled " Black mist - Burnt country - Australian Art and Maralinga" opening in Sydney in September 2016 and traveling nationwide until 2019. My original paintings can be viewed at Jackman Gallery, St Kilda.