Latest body of work by Karen Stamper

August, 2017

A new delivery of work by Cambridge artist and tutor, Karen Stamper, has just arrived at the gallery this month.

Karen's work has the overall sense of a painting but as you look closely, you will see that it is skilfully built up, using layers of found papers, tissue and acrylic paint. She sees the beauty in simple scraps, ripped edges, accidental marks and worn surfaces.

Karen says ‘collage is the idea; it is liberating and leads me in new directions. Increasingly there is a strong abstract element but there are recognisable parts that draw the viewer in; snippets of lettering, worn surfaces, architecture, tiled walls, decorative motifs, textures and colours, that allow the viewer to use their imagination too.'

Evening Catch is from a visit to Whitby Harbour, watching the fishing boats return.

Susan and Nancy are based on Karen's sketching trips to Harwich; to the boatyard there. Karen says 'I feel very peaceful among the old fishing boats when they are 'on the hard' ready for winter refit.'

Days Like This 2 brings back memories of family holidays for Karen, on the East coast of Yorkshire. She says ‘sunburnt and sandy at the end of the day, we would have fish and chips on the harbour wall - that seemed so tall when we were small.'


'Evening Catch' Karen Stamper  91 cm x 61 cm Mixed Media on Board