Karen Standke


Tree Spirts Royal Park
oil 91x76cm
*Tree Spirits XX
oil 22.5x22.5cm
*Tree Spirits XXI
oil 22.5x22.5cm
*Tree Spirits XXII
oil 22.5x22.5cm
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About Karen Standke

Karen Standke is a contemporary Landscape Artist who has worked and exhibited internationally for two decades.

Her paintings are informed by thorough research into the changing face of the landscape and the impact of climate change, introduction of weeds and non native fauna and flora.

The signs of these impacts can be subtle and beautiful in themselves.

Karen’s paintings focus on the change in the environment -and thus the work questions how we respond emotionally? how do we respond practically to these challenges?

It is this juxtaposition that the artist is most interested in, informed by psychology, politics, religion and science.

Born 1973 In Munich, Germany and based in Australia since 2000, Karen has exhibited work nationally and internationally. Awarded the Pollock Krasner Foundation grant in 2008, Standke’s work has been a finalist in several of Australia’s most prestigious painting awards, amongst them the John Leslie Art Prize in 2018, the Pro Hart Outback Art Prize in 2017, the Albany Art Prize in 2014 (where her work won the People’s choice award), the Glover prize in 2011 and the Prometheus Art Prize in 2009.

Most recently, one of Standke’s works titled “Road to Maralinga II” was part of the nationally touring exhibition Black Mist Burnt Country, which included work by Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Rosemary Laing.

Standke’s works are held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, France, Norway, Japan, India, UK and USA.

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