Approved: 19.10.2010

Karen Davies

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Approved: 19.10.2010

Drawing is integral to the practice. Rubbing graphite powder into a wall, making etchings on a copper plate, creating images from rubber stamps, a fairytale book, a digital animation. I create surfaces from which other worlds can exist.
Current images are those of comets, the cosmos and the sky at night. Not scientifically created, they are the false images of a human being making sense of the universe

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  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, North East
 

Biography

Drawing is integral to the practice. Rubbing graphite powder into a wall, making etchings on a copper plate, creating images from rubber stamps, a fairytale book, a digital animation. I create surfaces from which other worlds can exist. Current images are those of comets, the cosmos and the sky at night. Not scientifically created, they are the false images of a human being making sense of the universe or creating a world to escape to. The 'drawn' in whatever form, is about ideas and potential and can be largely seen as a process based activity. The thing that happens in preparation for something else. For me the drawing has possibilities that sometimes the finished article (in whatever form) does not. Utilising techniques that have processes which have changed little in centuries (e.g etching) alongside working with new technologies (web based) fascinate me. In particular both processes are designed or capable of reaching the masses and spreading ideas. With early printing techniques allowing the flow of art works and knowledge (and importantly - making this knowledge accessible to working classes), there is a comparison to be drawn with digital and web based technology which can share drawings and ideas which can go viral very quickly.

CV & Education

Born 1975. Lives and works in London and Newcastle upon Tyne UK.

Education
2013 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design
2012  Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design
1998  BA(hons) Fine Art, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013
Sorry No Veg Chelsea College of Art and Design, London UK
2012
Overdrawn Chelsea College of Art and Design, London UK
2011
unseen High Bridge Street Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne UK
2008
One day my prints will come BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead UK
Hanging Wall Harkers building, Newcastle upon Tyne UK
2002
Christmas Boxes Customs House, South Shields UK

Selected Group Exhibitions
2013
Final Show, MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design London UK
In Two Parts, MA Fine Art Interim Show
The T Show, Chelsea College of Art and Design London UK
2012
Final Show Chelsea College of Art and Design London UK
Interim Show Chelsea College of Art and Design London UK
Oh Oh Oh My Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design London UK
2010
We Love New York? Gallery North, Newcastle UK
We Love New York? Broadway Gallery, New York USA
Art of the Book Lit and Phil Society, Newcastle UK
Natural Forms Umber Printmakers at Newcastle Arts Centre UK
2009
Northern Print Biennale – Newcastle University UK
Organise Waygood, Newcastle upon Tyne UK
2008
Harker Herald Waygood, Newcastle upon Tyne UK
Stop Press: IV Printmakers Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne UK
Waygood Boutique Newcastle upon Tyne UK
The Enchanted Moment BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead UK
Waygood Wood Waygood Boutique, Newcastle upon Tyne
2007
Cravens Art Prize University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne UK
2006
Making a Mark   Northern Print Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
2005
Go Find The WMD’s Mulitiplus (various venues in Newcastle city) UK
2004
Multiplus Reloaded Saltburn Artist’s Gallery, Saltburn UK
2003
WERC Waygood Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne UK
2002
Research Room Waygood Gallery and Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne UK
2001
Wall Buddle Arts Centre, Wallsend UK

Publication
Egg Girl by Karen Davies, published by Rose Red (July 2007)

Residencies and Awards
2012-2013
Cecil Lewis Sculpture Scholarship
2012
Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Award
2010
Isis Arts residency, Newcastle UK
Individual Grants for Arts award, Arts Council England North East
2006
Forward/Framat artist network research visit to galleries & artist groups Sweden (funded by Arts Council North East)
2005
Individual Grant Award for a three month research and development period for studio practice at Waygood Studio and Northern Print studio, Arts Council England North East
2002
Individual Grant Award for research and development of artist’s book, Northern Arts