Karin Jurick, March 2017
March 3, 5 - 8pm
For years Karin has been painting images of people admiring artwork as her main subject matter. Karin says of the paintings, "I suppose it will be a subject matter I love and explore for a lifetime because museums make us feel good. It’s quiet ‘me’ time, a way to escape the noise and bad news for just a while. It makes us think, it makes us smarter, it defines who we are.
Contemporary Paintings of Women viewing Paintings by Karin Jurick
On view: March 3 -31
Opening Reception: March 3, 5-8pm
Robert Lange Studios upcoming exhibit, Me Time, features the work of oil painter Karin Jurick. Untamed is a collection of paintings depicting women in a gallery or museum setting viewing paintings. The work will hang until March 31 and can be seen daily from 11-5pm. Jurick, currently located in Georgia, has become recognized for her dynamic paintings of masterworks and the viewers who admire them and is enthusiastically collected throughout the United States and Europe.
Jurick builds up her compositions using oil paint in multiple layers and various thicknesses to compose unique interpretations in paint. All are welcome to attend the March 3 event from 5–8PM where the artist will be on hand to answer questions.
For years Karin has been painting images of people admiring artwork as her main subject matter. Karin says of the paintings, "I suppose it will be a subject matter I love and explore for a lifetime because museums make us feel good. It’s quiet ‘me’ time, a way to escape the noise and bad news for just a while. It makes us think, it makes us smarter, it defines who we are. It always inspires. And the more I paint other artworks, the more I learn about history and how art the artists mattered to our world..”
There has been a recent surge in exhibits with the theme of women painting women, and this new body of work from Karen plays upon that idea. Jurick was excited to focus on women as a central theme after this most recent political season. The subject of each piece is the relationship between the female figure depicted and the artwork they choose to admire. The beginning of Karin's interest or obsession with this theme of people viewing paintings started way back when she was high school age, living in Chicago. Karin says, "I took life drawing classes at the Art Institute of Chicago on Saturdays, then spent the better part of the remainder of those days sketching people in the museum. At first, it was a great way to advance my drawing abilities and get the figure right - then I became more interested in how we enjoy and find connections to art."
One of the highlights and perks of the work Karin creates, is her opportunity to pay homage to some of her favorite artists. One of her favorite works in the show is 20” x 11” piece entitled Wayne’s World. "I love the painting ‘Wayne’s World’ mostly because it features two figurative paintings by Wayne Thiebaud, who I’ve worshipped since I was a teenager. I also love this piece I’m currently working on now, featuring two elegant portraits by John Singer Sargent in the National Gallery of Art, another artist I adore. Most of my museum patrons are viewing personal favorites of mine."
In painting miniature versions of so many masterworks, Karin is able to easily see and feel her influences. She says, "I’m mostly inspired and drawn to figurative painters and the range goes from Alice Neel’s distinctive, expressive style to John Singer Sargent’s beautiful, classical portraits. In between, I love Lucian Freud’s brave colors in skin tones, and both Andrew and Jamie Wyeth’s personal, sensitive and detailed paintings.” All of these painters’ works have been depicted in Karin’s paintings.
Karin rarely has a plan for the day but rather starts with several cups of coffee and browses through the hundreds of photos she’s taken. She zeros in on whatever inspires her at the moment and tends to disregard the commercial aspect of her subject and just paints what moves her. “It is undeniable when viewing Karin’s work that she herself loves the masterworks within the paintings. Just as when an artist paints a loved one, there is a different level of authenticity and vulnerability when we paint what or who we love,” says gallery owner Robert Lange.
One collector’s comment in anticipation for the upcoming show is, “Karin has one of the most exciting easels to watch, you never know which masterwork will show up next and what type of person will be in front of it.” Fields McCabe from Charleston, SC said.