Karen Wykerd

Karen Wykerd

South Africa | 20 artworks for sale

  • Lost And Found - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Lost And Found
    Painting / 62 x 62 cm
    $620
  • I Go To The River - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    I Go To The River
    Painting / 30 x 30 cm
    $290
  • Quiet Reverie II - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Quiet Reverie II
    Painting / 30 x 30 cm
    $290
  • Waterways - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Waterways
    Painting / 30 x 30 cm
    $290
  • More Than Enough - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    More Than Enough
    Painting / 30 x 30 cm
    $290
  • 06/07/2015 @ 9:15 AM, Zonnebloem - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    06/07/2015 @ 9:15 AM, Zonnebloem
    Painting / 32 x 37 cm
    $330
  • 10/06/2018 @ 07:10 AM, St Johns Rd.  - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    10/06/2018 @ 07:10 AM, St Johns Rd.
    Painting / 32 x 37 cm
    $330
  • Camps Bay Beach II - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Camps Bay Beach II
    Painting / 32 x 37 cm
    $360
  • Camps Bay Beach I - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Camps Bay Beach I
    Painting / 32 x 37 cm
    $360
  • Camps Bay Swimmers I - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Camps Bay Swimmers I
    Painting / 32 x 37 cm
    $330
  • Camps Bay Swimmers II - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Camps Bay Swimmers II
    Painting / 32 x 37 cm
    $330
  • 05/02/2019 @ 08:30 AM, Company's Garden - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    05/02/2019 @ 08:30 AM, Company's Garden
    Painting / 32 x 37 cm
    $330
  • 20/05/2018 @ 7:50 AM, St Johns Rd - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    20/05/2018 @ 7:50 AM, St Johns Rd
    Painting / 32 x 37 cm
    $330
  • Devote This Hour To Work, Another To Leisure - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Devote This Hour To Work, Another To Leisure
    Painting / 120 x 100 cm
    $1 680
  • Stream Of Consciouness  I - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Stream Of Consciouness I
    Painting / 20 x 20 cm
    $170
  • Stream Of Consciouness  II - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Stream Of Consciouness II
    Painting / 20 x 20 cm
    $170
  • Stream Of Consciouness  III - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Stream Of Consciouness III
    Painting / 20 x 20 cm
    $170
  • Stream Of Consciouness  IV - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Stream Of Consciouness IV
    Painting / 20 x 20 cm
    $170
  • Urban Idyll: Queen Victoria - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Urban Idyll: Queen Victoria
    Painting / 38 x 48 cm
    $410
  • Urban Idyll: Companys' Garden - Painting by Karen Wykerd KAREN WYKERD
    Urban Idyll: Companys' Garden
    Painting / 40 x 40 cm
    $360
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.
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.
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.

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