Karen Black’s painting practice explores time and space within global social, economic and political situations. With an interest in architecture, culture and history, the work tells the human stories within these environments, blending the historical with the mythical and traversing the complex interchange between the personal and the political.
Black completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Griffith University in 2011 and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW. She is the recipient of an Artspace one year Sydney Studio Residency in 2017. Black’s inclusion in recent exhibitions of note include Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Museum, 2017, Shut up and Paint, NGV International, Melbourne 2016-17, Borders, Barriers, Walls, Monash University Museum of Art 2016 and Painting, More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2016. In 2016 Black was a finalist in The Gold Award at Rockhampton Regional Gallery and in 2014 was awarded the Belle Arti Prize and was the Art and Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award recipient in 2013. In 2011 Black was named as a Global Spotlight Artist at Art Taipei. Black’s work has been exhibited at Art Basel HK, Art Stage Singapore, Art Taipei, and Tokyo Art Fair. Her works are held in prestigious public collections including Monash University Museum of Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Australian War Memorial, Griffith University Art Gallery, Artbank, Macquarie Bank Collection and the Salsali Private Museum in Dubai, in addition to various private collections both in Australia and overseas.
Photograph by Aaron Tait