Karen Wykerd graduated in 1982 from the Johannesburg College of Art with a Graphic
Design Diploma, followed by a number of years spent working in the Advertising
Industry. She has been painting for the past 7 years.
Constantly in pursuit of capturing the sunset, the sunrise, rising mist and
impending storms, Karen strives to portray the detail of fast-paced, bustling
Cape Town street scenes as well as viewing the city from afar as a pattern of grid lines
and an expanse of sky. Her use of colour and light plays an important role in
transforming and elevating the unassuming everyday scenes into that of
something worthy of being documented. Working from her own photographic
references, Karen uses layers of thin washed to convey a translucent,
dreamlike quality – a memory of a place once visited.