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Karen Jones

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20130912161404-lucy
Lucy the Queen, 9/12/13 Oil on Steel 24X28 © yes
20130204160716-myredheadlrg
My Red Head, 2/3/2013 Oil 30x30 © yes
20120223153350-jones_karen_nakedmidge
Nude Midge, 2/14/2012 Oil 30X40 © yes
20120223160436-100painting8x10
One Hundred, 1/2011 Oil 30X40
20120223160547-barbie_midgemed
Barbie and Midge, 8/2011 Oil 30X40
20120223160703-cuban8x10
Cuban Cigar, 3/2011 Oil 30X40
20120404160226-camilemed
Camile, 2011 Oil on Steel 30 X 40 X 1 Inches © yes
20120223160208-barbieconfesses_
Barbie Confesses?, 12/2011 Oil on Steel 30 X 40 X 1 Inches © yes
20120306134227-midgenakedmedium
Naked Midge, 1/2012 Oil on Steel 30 X 40 X 1 Inches
20120329035948-springmed
Spring, 3/2012 Oil on Steel 10 X 10 X 1 Inches © yes
20120329040628-hornetstingmed
Hornet Sting, 3/2012 Oil on Steel 10 X 10 X 1 Inches © yes
20120403004612-yen
Yen, 2011 Oil on Steel With Wax 30 X 40 X 1 Inches © yes
20120404155339-kenmed
Ken, 2011 Oil on Steel 30 X 40 X 1 Inches © yes
20120404203207-bobby_kenmed
Bobby and Ken, 2011 Oil on Steel 30X40 © yes
20120404203533-midgemed
Midge, 2011 Oil on Steel With Intentional White Rust 30X40 © yes
20120404203758-francmed
Franc, 2011 Oil on Canvas 30X40 © yes
20120404204051-football_tiarasmed
Football and Tiaras, 2011 Oil on Steel With Intentional Rust and Glitter 30X40 © yes
20120412000305-sparrow
20120413210317-midgie
20120425132806-1
20120503135604-cantbreathemed
20130308162817-brownie2
Brownie, 2/1/2013
20130308163011-brownie2
Brownie, 2/1/2013 Oil 30 X 30 X 1 Inches
20130408181020-red
My Red Head, 1/20/2013 Oil 30 X 30 X 1 Inches © yes
20130506155056-green
Green Bedroom, 2/1/2013 Oil 30 X 40 X 1 Inches © yes
20130605224504-yogi2
Yogi, 6/5/2013 Oil 14 X 11 X 1 Inches © yes
20130712222103-marilyn1
Marilyn, 7/12/2013 Oil 11X14 © yes
20140401165926-warholpainting
20140401170748-andywarholpainting
Warhol, 3/15/14 Oil on Steel 36 X 30 X 1 Inches © yes
20120223155910-karenannjonespix
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Madison
Birth year
1966
Lives in
St. Louis
Works in
St. Louis
Tags
pop, realism, figurative
Statement

After peeling down the entire onion of Karen Ann Jones, what I
found was ‘Karen the painter.’  The same person I was when I was 5.  I
never changed, I only left who I was for a while.  I paint because
that is who I am.  Being my most authentic me is my true integrity.   
My goal in my work is to express my optimistic, happy, in love with
life, quirky, deep, intimate and passionate perspective of life.
 
I choose my painting by recreating a visual of the feelings I am
havening at that moment.   I get to spend personal time with that
passionate feeling that I long to experience. This is probably why I
don’t paint a painting in one day.  I want to linger in that
relationship.
 
My current body of work started with my desire to paint drag
queens.  I am fascinated because of their extremes and the beautiful
contradictions that they are. I love contradictions.  I didn’t have a
drag queen shoved in my closet to photograph and paint.  This
urgency to paint led me to Barbie’s.  beautifully expressive …
Lipstick and Rubber.  Canvas was boring the hell out of me, so I
started painting on steel.  I love the raw ruggedness of steel with
the buttery feel of oil paint.  It was the contradiction I was looking
for.  I have since fallen in love with Barbie’s and steel.  I love the
expressiveness and versatility of both.  I love bringing the soul out
of a rubber doll.  They all have life to me and I think the steel
honors them and makes them regal. I recently started looking
closer at things that we may feel shy looking at.  Using lipstick and
rubber feels like the ideal tool for this direction in my work.
bringing Freshness and intimacy to inanimate objects.