Karen Stamper
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My Events

SKETCHBOOK WORKSHOP
4 Oct 2015 -
13:00 to 16:00
Sketchbook workshop Sunday 4th October 1-4pm £50
SKETCHBOOK WORKSHOP
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Collage workshop with Karen Stamper
21 Nov 2015 -
12:00 to 15:00
Paper Collage workshop with Karen Stamper
Collage workshop with Karen Stamper
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Concertina Sketchbook workshop
5 Feb 2017 -
10:30 to 16:00
Concertina Sketchbook workshop
Concertina Sketchbook workshop
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Urban Shoreline
Repeats every 7 days until Tue Mar 07 2017.
27 Feb 2017 -
10:00 to 18:00
Colourful, energetic, exciting collage paintings and drawings based on the Urban Shoreline of East Anglia and Kent
Urban Shoreline
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Karen Stamper Solo show at the John Russell Gallery Ipswich
Repeats every day 4 times.
29 Oct 2017 -
12:00 to 16:00
Karen Stamper Solo show at the John Russell Gallery Ipswich
Karen Stamper Solo show at the John Russell Gallery Ipswich
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News

Busy since my last Open Studios!
Art Fairs and exhibitions 2016 - 17
Busy since my last Open Studios!
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Farindola International Arts Festival
Two weeks arts residency in Italy July 2015
Farindola International Arts Festival
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Exhibiting in Switzerland
Scope International Art Fair in Basel
Exhibiting in Switzerland
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Mixed Media/Collage
Colourful, energetic, exciting collage paintings and drawings. Based on travels, cities and the urban shoreline. Sketchbooks, garden studio, tea/cake!
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My work has the overall sense of a painting but as you look close you will see that it is skilfully built up using layers of found papers, tissue and acrylic paint. This is an intuitive, direct approach that allows me a huge amount of freedom to interpret my sketches in bold and original way to capture the memory of a place and the sense of human presence, echoing the passing of time.

I see the beauty in simple scraps, ripped edges, accidental marks and worn surfaces.  By simplifying and flattening space with paper shapes, I can recompose, conceal and reveal, deliberately avoiding representational clarity. The interaction of positive and negative shapes, vibrant colours, layers of tissue and found papers all give a sense of unity;

I take my inspiration from foreign lands, harbours and urban docklands, but this does not dominate. Collage is the idea; it is liberating and leads me in new directions. Increasingly there is a strong abstract element but there are recognisable parts that draw the viewer in; snippets of lettering, worn surfaces, architecture, tiled walls, decorative motifs, textures and colours that allow the viewer to use their imagination too.