• Karen Wykerd

    Karen Wykerd
    • Artist Statement
      • The main theme of my work is the Urban Landscape. I am intrigued by this subject matter as it is central part of our daily lives. I strive to capture the fast paced, bustling street scenes as well as viewing the city from afar. The use of colour and light plays an important role in transforming and elevating the unassuming every day objects into that of something worthy of being documented.
    • Biography


      • 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.





    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        Paul Blomkamp, for his bright illuminated crisp areas of colour with crisscrossing lines which portrays the energy of the subject matter. Harold Voigt for his superb use of light and colour. Others are Tracy Payne, Kerri Evans and Ryan Hewitt.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Pierneef for his distinct style the way he reduced and simplified the landscape into geometric shapes using flat planes and colour.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

        I can’t pin point one in particular. I always enjoy Kerri Evans and Lionel Smits exhibitions at the Everard Read Gallery.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        I find inspiration in my surroundings, predominately the city. Having recently moved to Cape Town I am inspired daily, this city has so much to offer.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        Because of the nature of my work, I like to plan the painting beforehand, making use of sketches and colour schemes. I use a lot of my own photographic reference as I enjoy documenting the city.

        What do you like most about being an artist?
        Having the freedom to dictate my working hours. I also enjoy all the fascinating and inspiring people I come into contact with.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?

        I have various ways of being inspired, I look at my vast reference files, play my favourite music, sketch do mind maps chat to fellow artists in the studio.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

        To produce work that I like as well as others and to represented by various galleries.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?

        I don’t consciously create work to make a difference in people’s lives but I enjoy the fact that they may relate to my work and find pleasure in it.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        I am experimenting with new subject matter and media so that is exciting. I also plan to participate in more exhibitions.

        Studio Feature >>
  • Urban Idyll: Queen Victoria - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Urban Idyll: Queen Victoria
    Painting / 38 x 48 cm
    R6 280
  • Urban Idyll: Sir George Grey - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Urban Idyll: Sir George Grey
    Painting / 28 x 38 cm
    R4 750
  • Urban Idyll: Church Square - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Urban Idyll: Church Square
    Painting / 28 x 38 cm
    R4 750
  • Urban Idyll: Companys' Garden - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Urban Idyll: Companys' Garden
    Painting / 40 x 40 cm
    R5 250
  • Urban Idyll: Jan Smuts, Companys' Garden - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Urban Idyll: Jan Smuts, Companys' Garden
    Painting / 54 x 54 cm
    R7 500
  • Urban Idyll: Deville Wood Memorial - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Urban Idyll: Deville Wood Memorial
    Painting / 54 x 54 cm
    R7 500
  • 7.7.2015 @8.42 am, Woodstock View - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    7.7.2015 @8.42 am, Woodstock View
    Painting / 114 x 44 cm
    R11 400
  • 17.3.2015 @6.40 pm,  N1 CPT - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    17.3.2015 @6.40 pm, N1 CPT
    Painting / 114 x 44 cm
    R11 400
  • Camp Road - Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Camp Road
    Painting / 40 x 40 cm
  • 9:50 AM Kloof Nek Road - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    9:50 AM Kloof Nek Road
    Oil Painting / 40 x 40 cm
  • 4:35 PM Camp Street - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    4:35 PM Camp Street
    Oil Painting / 40 x 40 cm
  • Misty Morning Cape Town II - Cityscape Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Misty Morning Cape Town II
    Cityscape Oil Painting / 160 x 75 cm
  • 7:47 AM, Loop Street - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    7:47 AM, Loop Street
    Oil Painting / 30 x 30 cm
  • 7:48 AM, Bree Street - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    7:48 AM, Bree Street
    Oil Painting / 30 x 30 cm
  • 11:15 AM, Woodstock  - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    11:15 AM, Woodstock
    Oil Painting / 40 x 40 cm
  • 9:00 AM Bellvue Road - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    9:00 AM Bellvue Road
    Oil Painting / 40 x 40 cm
  • St James - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    St James
    Oil Painting / 25 x 25 cm
  • Long Street I - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Long Street I
    Oil Painting / 25 x 25 cm
  • Kloof Nek I/Bellvue - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Kloof Nek I/Bellvue
    Oil Painting / 25 x 25 cm
  • Buitengracht Street II - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Buitengracht Street II
    Oil Painting / 50 x 50 cm
  • Camps Bay - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Camps Bay
    Oil Painting / 25 x 25 cm
  • Misty Morning - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Misty Morning
    Oil Painting / 100 x 90 cm
  • Buitengracht Riebeek Street - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Buitengracht Riebeek Street
    Oil Painting / 25 x 25 cm
  • Kloof Nek II - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Kloof Nek II
    Oil Painting / 25 x 25 cm
  • Kloof Nek III - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Kloof Nek III
    Oil Painting / 60 x 60 cm
  • Long Street - Oil Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Long Street
    Oil Painting / 60 x 60 cm
  • N1 To Cape Town - Acrylic Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    N1 To Cape Town
    Acrylic Painting / 25 x 25 cm
  • Kalk Bay - Acrylic Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Kalk Bay
    Acrylic Painting / 25 x 25 cm
  • N1 To Cape Town: Twilight II - Acrylic Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    N1 To Cape Town: Twilight II
    Acrylic Painting / 25 x 25 cm
  • Strand Street - Acrylic Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Strand Street
    Acrylic Painting / 25 x 25 cm
  • Harrington's Cafe - Acrylic Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    Harrington's Cafe
    Acrylic Painting / 25 x 25 cm
  • De Waal Drive - Acrylic Painting by Karen Wykerd
    KAREN WYKERD
    De Waal Drive
    Acrylic Painting / 25 x 25 cm