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Karen Boykin

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Weathered, May 2015 Acrylic on Canvas 16" X 20"
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Carnivale, August 2014 Acrylic 36" X 24" Inches
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Night Blooms, June 2015 Acrylic on Canvas 16" X 20"
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Dirty Water - spindle detail, December 2013 Acrylic on Birch Board 18" X 24" X 1.5"
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Chinoiserie - detail, August 2014 Acrylic on Canvas 11" X 14"
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Contained, November 2014 Acrylic on Canvas 18" X 24"
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Convergence, November 2009 Acrylic 18" X 24"
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Color Story, June 2015 Acrylic on Canvas 18" X 24"
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Summer Salad, July 2014 Acrylic 24 X 18 Inches
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Magic Carpet, July 2014 Acrylic 14 X 11 Inches
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Dots & Sky, February 2013 Acrylic on Birch Board 9" X 12"
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Phantasmagoria, September 2014 Acrylic on Canvas 24" X 36"
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Quick Facts
Schools
DePaul University, Mathematics
Dominican University River Forest, Mathematics
Columbia College, Broadcasting
Statement

Artist. Designer. Writer. Teacher. Chicago native Karen Boykin has been creating things since she was 7 years old, beginning with knitting, crocheting, and writing short stories. In addition to an affinity for the arts, Karen also maintained an interest in medicine, scientific research, and technology. In fact, it was her technology day job that made it possible to rediscover and pursue her creative passions.

Karen's artwork has been described as a gestural type of abstract expressionism. Splats and drips pepper the canvas as do swirls and daubs of color. She uses acrylics as her pieces tend to be multi-layered and this medium dries quickly enough to satisfy her love of visually interesting texture. She's also exploring the world of assemblage and how unlikely pairings of textiles, found objects, and resistive substrates collide into a fantastic 3-dimensional experience.