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Karen Stamper -Acrylic Collage Paintings

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The John Russell Gallery

4-6 Wherry Lane

Ipswich

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Cambridge based Karen Stamper is a very busy exciting and active collage artist having exhibited throughout the U.K. since her last show here. So we are very privileged to have her returning to the John Russell Gallery, with a new collection, this time with a theme of urban shoreline.Increasingly, there is a strong abstract element, but there remain recognisable parts that draw the viewer in: the hook of a crane, the bow of a boat, the profile of a mast, all of which plays on the viewer’s imagination. Her 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. Hers is an intuitive, direct approach that provides freedom to interpret her sketches in a bold and original way, capturing the memory of a place and the sense of human presence, echoing the passing of time.“I see the beauty in simple scraps, ripped edges, accidental marks and worn surfaces. By simplifying and flattening space with paper shapes, I can recompose, conceal and reveal, deliberately avoiding representational clarity. The interaction of positive and negative shapes, vibrant colours, layers of tissue and found papers all give a sense of unity.”Her paintings capture the vibrancy and colour of boats on a sunny day, the chaotic mix of bright paint, the working machinery around the harbour’s edge, and the wear and tear and the individuality of the fishing boats. You can almost hear the lapping of the water and the pinging of the halyards on masts. We once again welcome Karen with her journey in paint and collage, don’t miss the boat with this exciting vibrant and imaginative artist.


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