• Karen McEndoo
  • Painter
  • Tregony, Truro

About Karen

KAREN MCENDOO SWAc NAPA

ARTISTS STATEMENT 

October 2020

 

Personal History

Karen lives in Tregony nr Truro in Cornwall and spent her early life in several countries in Africa including Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya before moving to Bideford in North Devon where she schooled and studied Foundation Art at ND College during the late 1970’s

She later studied Graphics and Illustration in Taunton but has more recently moved toward abstraction. She spends much of her time walking the North and South Cornish and Devon coastlines, the wild cliffs and rich colours reviving memories of Africa which are often reflected in her work.

 

Work – Inspiration and influences

McEndoo’s influences are wide but include artists such as Sandra Blow, Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Sadler, Nicholas de Stael, Joan Eardley, Antoni Tapies and Jason Craighead to name quite a few.

 

'Unbound by physical representation, pure abstraction enables me to more fully penetrate the world I inhabit’ K McEndoo

 

Based in the South West, Karen McEndoo’s work is drawn from the dichotomy of chaos and humanity’s constant search for balance, exploring the diametric of light and dark, existence, non-existence, matter and anti-matter.

One mechanism to achieve this balance is science- a measured interpretation of man’s encounter with the world. The process of abstraction, works similarly as a visual means of navigating these dichotomies.

 Within the abstracted chaos, discernable shapes rise and blur before reaching formation. Sweeps of colour appear removed, as if filtered through a lens, fighting against the black which quietly pervades many of McEndoo’s paintings.

Opposites existing in the physical qualities of paint itself are explored- flat planes are challenged by exposed layering, muddied hues bleed around strong primaries, texture built is at once reduced.

Bleary forms abut sharp blocks of colour, generating a sense of movement- a dancing shift in focus. At first seemingly restful, McEndoo’s work is imbued with a taut energy

 

Emma Leaper 

 

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