Seattle, b.1963

Karen Woods

Artist Statement
For some time now I have chronicled my journey by painting what I experience while driving around the city. I paint—in the realist tradition—from photographs taken at intersections and on the road, when I’ve been struck by the beauty in the ordinariness of my commute. These images are the “lyrical suggestions” that compel me to paint, to communicate these transcendent experiences so clearly that others might in turn recognize this beauty in the course of their day.

For myself, the reward lies in capturing and expanding the space, time, and movement of a moment in everyday life, and to reveal its accompanying emotional weight: its anticipation, reflection, isolation, longing, and transcendence.

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Biography

Artist Statement
For some time now I have chronicled my journey by painting what I experience while driving around the city. I paint—in the realist tradition—from photographs taken at intersections and on the road, when I’ve been struck by the beauty in the ordinariness of my commute. These images are the “lyrical suggestions” that compel me to paint, to communicate these transcendent experiences so clearly that others might in turn recognize this beauty in the course of their day.

For myself, the reward lies in capturing and expanding the space, time, and movement of a moment in everyday life, and to reveal its accompanying emotional weight: its anticipation, reflection, isolation, longing, and transcendence.

Artworks

17

Blue Bridge,

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Abstract and Figurative / Art of the 2010s / Canvas / Daily Life Experience / Landscape Painting / Linen / Lyrical Expression / Oil on Canvas / Oil on Linen / Oil on Panel / Oil on Wood / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Riverscape/Seascape / Scenes of Everyday Life / Surrounding Environment / Urban Landscape / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1987

    B.F.A., California College of the Arts, Oakland

  • 1985

    Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy

  • 1984

    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Going, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2018

    Wilder Still, Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID

  • Land and Sea, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Art on Paper, New York, NY with Stewart Gallery

  • 2018

    Wet, Quidley & Co. Fine Art, Naples, FL

  • 2017

    Urban/Suburban Memories, studio e gallery, Seattle, WA

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  • 1987

    B.F.A., California College of the Arts, Oakland

  • 1985

    Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy

  • 1984

    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Going, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2018

    Wilder Still, Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID

  • Land and Sea, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2017

    Karen Woods, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2016

    The Way to Wilder, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID

  • Karen Woods: New Work, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2015

    Shift, Stewart Gallery Boise, ID (catalogue)

  • From Here, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2014

    New York | New Work, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2013

    Driving Rain, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2012

    Exhibition and Artist Dialogue, Surel’s Place, Garden City, ID

  • 2009

    Inside Looking Out, Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Art on Paper, New York, NY with Stewart Gallery

  • 2018

    Wet, Quidley & Co. Fine Art, Naples, FL

  • 2017

    Urban/Suburban Memories, studio e gallery, Seattle, WA

  • National Weather Center Biennale, Norman, OK (catalogue)

  • 2015

    Weather or Not, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID

  • 2014

    Selected Works: Catherine Christiano, Paul Schulenberg, Karen Woods, Art Essex Gallery, Essex, CT

  • Industrial Beauty, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

  • In Good Company, Quidley & Company Fine Art, Boston, MA

  • The Cityscape Show IV, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • New Ground, Surel’s Other Place, Garden City, ID

  • 2013

    Road Trip, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC

  • Urban: The Art of Jan Boles, Charles Gill, Michael Miller and Karen Woods, Boise Art Museum In Good Company, Quidley & Company Fine Art, Boston, MA

  • Art in Traffic, Visual Arts Collective, Garden City, ID

  • Upon Reflection, Quidley & Company Fine Art, Boston, MA

  • 2012

    Urban Intersection, Quidley & Company Fine Art, Boston, MA

  • The Cityscape Show II, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, Idaho Statehouse, Boise, ID (catalogue)

  • 2011

    Dallas Art Fair, Stewart Gallery

  • The Cityscape Show, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • The Buildings of New York, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2010

    Is Anybody Out There?, Group Invitational, Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID

  • Urban Stages, CornerHouse Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA

  • Idaho Triennial, Boise Art Museum, Beth Sellars, juror (catalogue)

  • More Than a Pretty Face, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID

Projects

  • 2019

    Bodleian Library Bookmaking Workshop, Oxford, England, with a grant from the Alexa Rose Foundation

  • 2018

    James Castle House Artist Pilot Resident, James Castle House, Boise, ID

  • 2013

    Commissioned artwork, Surviving Minidoka, The Legacy of Japanese American Incarceration, Boise State University, College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, publisher

  • 2010

    Commissioned artwork, Quintessential Boise, an Architectural Journey, Charles Hummel et al. Boise State University, College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, publisher

Collections

  • Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK

  • James Castle House, Boise, ID

  • Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID (acquisition)

  • Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA (acquisition)

  • The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho

  • Boise State University

  • Cary Street Partners LLC, Charlotte, NC

  • Gary Bettis, Portland, OR

  • Driek and Michael Zirinsky, Boise, ID

  • Skip and Esther Oppenheimer, Boise, ID

Bibliography

  • Clawson, Michael, “The Passenger’s Perspective”, American Art Collector, October 2019

  • Belsito, Rochelle, “Cruise”, American Art Collector, June 2018

  • City-Journal (cover art), Autumn 2016 Issue, volume 26, No. 4

  • Oland, Dana, “Artistic Idaho”, Treasure Magazine, June 2016

  • Escudero, Nicki, “Rainy Days”, American Art Collector, February 2016

  • Carlson, Jeffrey, “Karen Woods Cityscapes” Fine Art Connoisseur, January 2014

  • Towne, Michelle, “Karen Woods and Christopher Stott”, American Art Collector, December 2013

  • Van Baelen, Leen, “Karen Woods” De Morgan, Belgium

  • Oland, Dana, “Reframing Boise’s Visual Language”, Idaho Statesman, July 19, 2013

  • New American Paintings, West edition, October 2013