Artworks - Karen Brighton
Born in 1957, Karen Brighton paints crowds & city life. Her view is as if through the lens of a camera compressing the image as a way of understanding something very contemporary about the visual world. Groups of figures play on the eye forming rhythmical patterns of movement. Influenced by scenes from the past and everyday life. Images can be bustling and claustrophobic, yet sometimes threatening and brooding. Karen works in oil and mixed media, often applying the paint with rags, working the paint across the canvas, scratching and rubbing into it, leaving surface traces of physical movement and energy. Her work can be linked to influences from Hamilton, Beckmann and Lowry.