studio artist

Karen Black

Above: Karen Black in her Artspace studio, 2017. Photo: Jessica Maurer

Karen Black is a painter who explores social and individual narratives that blend the historical with the mythical, traversing the complex interchange between the personal and the political. She has been curated in national and international exhibitions, including Painting. More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Borders, Barriers, Walls, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; and Shut up and paint, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

In 2016 she was a finalist in the Gold Award, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland. Her first solo exhibition at Sullivan + Strumpf, Singapore will take in place in 2017, followed by a solo exhibition in Sydney in 2018. International solo exhibitions include presentations at ARTHK12, Hong Kong, 2012; Art Fair Tokyo, 2012; Art Stage Singapore, 2011; and Art Taipei, 2011. She was also included in the Global Spotlight Artists at Art Taipei that year. Black has been the recipient of the Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Contemporary Art Prize, 2013; and Griffith University Art Gallery’s GAS Award, 2011. Her work is in various public collections including National Gallery of Victoria; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; the Australian War Memorial, Canberra; the Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane; Artbank, Sydney; the Macquarie Group Collection and the Salsali Private Museum, Dubai.

Karen Black is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney and Singapore; and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.