Inspired 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.
Karen Purple was a finalist for the Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London (2012) and selected for exhibitions at RWA, Bristol (2013, 2012, 2011). Her solo exhibitions include Pennwood House (2014, 2012, 2011, 2008), and Oxford University Arboretum. She 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.