The stylistic, expressive paintings of British artist Karen Greville-Smith are as whimsical as they are profound. Working in oil on canvas or board and in pastel on paper, she draws from a range of subject matter to explore how lines, colors, geometric shapes, and surface patterns intersect in unique ways to create form. With a background in graphic design, the artist has an excellent sense of composition and is able to place objects expertly in the picture plane, finding new meanings in familiar items by isolating them and manipulating forms in terms of scale, color, and shadow.
Perhaps the hallmark of Karen Greville-Smith’s work is her remarkable use of color and the way she is able to manipulate light and shadow to bring her work to an entirely new level. As she explains, “Primarily a colorist, my love of color and light informs atmosphere in my work.” Indeed, there is an ethereal component to her work, a sense of the surreal. In the end, these engaging paintings encourage us to find the magical in the everyday.