Karen Marston is a painter living and working in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her work has been seen in several solo exhibitions in NYC: Storm Watch, New Paintings at Storefront Bushwick, Breathing Room at Dam Stuhltrager Gallery in Williamsburg, Where You’ll Find Me at the Cheryl McGinnis Gallery on Madison Avenue, and Respirations, at Taller Boricua, in East Harlem. Recent selected group exhibitions include: In The Zone curated by David Gibson at Station Independent Projects on the Lower East Side, Bling, The Artist As Jeweler at the Claire Oliver Gallery in Chelsea, Montrose and Ballot, both at the Front Room Gallery in Williamsburg, and Paperazzi 1 & 2 at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in Greenpoint among others. Marston also serves as the President of the Board of Trustees of NURTUREart Non-Profit where she was instrumental in the opening of the NURTUREart Gallery in Brooklyn, and hosts Muse Fuse, an informal monthly art salon with many notable guest speakers. Originally from California, she earned her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and participated in the A.I.C.A. New York Studio Program.
Painting outdoors in the summer, absorbed in peaceful, beautiful scenes, capturing the immediacy of nearby landscapes has been very influential on my year round practice; where, in the studio I have recently been absorbed by painting disasters—both natural and manmade. I am mesmerized by the power of elemental threats like fire and storm, bigger and more frightening than ever, amplified rather than tamed by modernity. Not exactly disparate, the dark shadows in the woods and the forming clouds hint at destructive power, while the fires and tornadoes are as gorgeous as they are deadly. I am as equally influenced by the history of awe inspired landscape painting (from Turner’s storms to Church’s icebergs), as by the stream of violent images in our daily news feed, as well as the direct dialog with nature and organic form fed from painting plein air; for me it is all connected.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY