Drawn to the tones, colours, shapes and light of her subject – landscapes, a still life or flowers – Karen Frankel develops her works through layering of paper, ink, charcoal, pastel and paint.
Mixed media artist Karen Frankel’s exhibition DRAWN is a reference to the inevitable marks and lines that appear in her ever-present sketch book, thumbnail sketches and final works.
Born in Zimbabwe, Frankel grew up surrounded and influenced by the art of her father, artist Eli Zagoria. Moving to Western Australia in 1984, she was captivated by the rugged beauty of the landscape. As a largely self-taught artist, Frankel broadened her arts practice by taking part in intensive workshops with many renowned artists around Australia. Attracted to the shapes of colour, dark and light, texture and the spaces created between and around subjects, Frankel’s mixed media process involves using a variety of paper, inks and acrylic to form rich layers which she then draws onto. This produces vibrant, intense works which illustrate her overriding philosophy - both as an artist and teacher - that the pleasure is in the process, regardless of the end result.
Frankel has exhibited extensively across WA, developing a following of devoted workshop participants and collectors. She is renowned for her ability to teach beginners in a fun and relaxing way. On Sundays throughout the exhibition, Frankel will present talks and workshops at Mundaring Arts Centre.
Visit the Mundaring Arts Centre website to find out more.