Karen Roehl - Horse With Beach Ball
And other Western Amalgamations
Artist Reception and Gallery Talk:
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, 2-5 pm
“The inspiration I draw from Abstract Expressionism, from those courageous aims to enter and explore the ranges of human essence, is only matched by my reverence for painters devoted to realism, who depict the outer world through their keen ability to see into the heart of it. Quite a contrast, these two styles. But contrast, through its characteristic of relative opposites, creates a focal point of interest, a chasm, the borders along which are full of opportunity for insight.” - Karen Roehl
Please Join Us For This Exciting Featured Artist Exhibition.
Showing Sept 1 -24, 2016
Karen Roehl - Horse with Beach Ball
and other Western Amalgamations
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk Saturday, Sept. 10, 2-5pm
Exhibition showing Sept. 1-24, 2016
Imagine what would happen if one of Colorado’s most admired abstract painters shared a canvas with one of
Denver’s most gifted realists.
That intriguing fantasy will be captivating reality on Sep. 10 as Evergreen Fine Art Gallery unveils
“Horse with Beach Ball, and other Western Amalgamations,” an extraordinary exhibit that will bridge one of the
art world’s most persistent divides by way of the opposing passions and complementary talents of celebrated
abstract expressionist and brilliant realist Karen Roehl.
“Horse with Beach Ball” will feature more than a dozen of Roehl’s distinctive works, horses rendered in animate
perfection upon powerful fields of abstraction. Whether multi-hued or monochromatic, high-contrast or hushed,
her artful blending of discrete form and pure emotion fills the eye with harmony and leaves the viewer agreeably
indifferent to competing artistic labels. For what it’s worth, Roehl will be the first to admit that her singular style
has virtually nothing to do with fostering artistic accord, and everything to do with reconciling the two halves of
her own creative heart.
“I’m really more inspired by the abstract expressionist aim to reach and express something authentic from within
than I am by the actual outcome,” says Roehl, who teaches basic and abstract painting at the Art Student’s
League of Denver and whose paintings enjoy places of honor in galleries and collections across the West. “While
abstract expressionism allows for a very satisfying experience of my emotional/intuitive self, the process of
representational art allows for an experience of ‘deep seeing,’ which is more intellectual and equally rewarding.”
“Realism painted over pure abstraction,” Roehl explains. “I discovered that I could leave portions of my horses
‘undone’ so that the background abstract mark-making shows through. I was surprised and delighted to see how
these random abstract marks were often beautifully matched to the organic infrastructure of the horse’s body. I
keep painting until the abstract works with the representational, hoping to preserve as much of the abstract
under-painting as possible.”
Profoundly personal, never timid and always evolving, Roehl’s art is an open invitation to anyone seeking to
better understand art’s common tongue.
“When someone shares with me that my work has touched them somehow, I’m always interested to see if that
person and I can figure out what common language we’re secretly exchanging with one another,” Roehl smiles.
“I hope to wiggle some little thing on a deeply intuitive level in viewers that may spark and interesting thought or
conversation that could, in turn, reveal something insightful.”
“Horse with Beach Ball, and other Western Amalgamations” will begin with an Artist Reception and Gallery Talk
from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, and will run through Sep. 24. Evergreen Fine Art Gallery is located
at 3042 Evergreen Parkway in Evergreen. To learn more, call 303-679-3610, or visit www.evergreenfineart.com.