by an interest in natural history and the work of both the biologist and the
landscape historian, Karen Purple engages with the formation of the landscape
and the organic materials within it. Her work derives from a daily connection
to the countryside. It is through walking and collecting natural substances and
materials that a personal journal develops, of remembered responses and
experiences that inform her paintings.
Ongoing research projects in Devon, Cornwall and Wales go on
to inform her work back in the studio. Finding inspiration in the distinct
light and colour palette of the coastline, collections of drawings are made and
natural materials are collected. These findings act as strong contrasts to the
soft light of the Oxfordshire countryside.
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Purple was a finalist for the Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London (2012) and
selected for exhibitions at RWA, Bristol (2013, 2012, 2011).
solo exhibitions include Pennwood House (2014, 2012, 2011, 2008), and Oxford
has work in the Public Catalogue Foundation and private collectors worldwide.
Born in Liverpool, Karen grew up in
Suffolk and is now living in rural Oxfordshire. She graduated from Oxford
Brookes University with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art in 2004.