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KAREN ROSS, encaustic paintings

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

Text (708) 466-3519 to schedule a Private Viewing of Karen's show.

AIR Gallery is pleased to host artist Karen Ross's first solo exhibit of her encaustic abstract paintings. The show runs from October 10 - November 1, 2020 at AIR Gallery, 348 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL (across the street from Writers Theatre). The gallery is open from noon - 5:00pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the show dates. The opening reception is Saturday, October 10, 1:00-7:00pm. Masks and social distancing are required.

About Karen Ross

Karen Ross [American, b. 1972] is an encaustic and mixed media artist living in Deerfield, Illinois. Encaustic painting involves a wax and resin medium that creates an exciting visual and tactile experience of texture and luminosity with a sensuous beeswax aroma.

Karen's ongoing experimentation with collage, image transfer and decoupage prepared her for working with the encaustic medium. Through exploration she has developed her signature techniques of layering, incising, and scraping to create further depth and texture.

Pigment from oil paint is used to color the wax, providing a rich palette to work on her preferred substrate of wood. Karen's work ranges from vibrant to earthy and explores layered images and moods, often with words or text in which the viewer can find meaning. Karen is also a licensed psychotherapist, wife and mother to 5 children.

Artist Statement

From Karen Ross:

“I create encaustic and mixed media paintings on wood that explore my intrigue with layering, hiding and revealing imagery and journaling. These layers allow parts of my private "self" to appear as the viewer's eyes move around what often appears to be disparate abstract images. The vibrancy of my work is often incongruent with the emerging themes, yet seems to find an uplifting and calming tone in the perceived chaotic composition. I previously worked as a psychotherapist in private practice, leading to much of my work addressing the self in a reflective and conflicted inner world.”

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