With subjects that speak to one another and to the viewer, these magnificent realist paintings are sure to brighten your day and evoke the desire to enter into their worlds.
Beginning April 1 at the lovely Principle Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, artist Karen Hollingsworth will display her latest painterly achievements. “I love to create paintings that evoke a sense of the familiar,” she says. “To blend the common objects of everyday life, placed within the interior of a room, with a glimpse of the ocean or mountain through an open window. My paintings are intended to provide the viewer with a sense of solitude and well being; a comfortable world bathed in sunlight and warm breezes.”

Karen Hollingsworth, “Rivalry,” oil on canvas, 28 x 22 in. (c) Principle Gallery 2016

There can be no doubt that Hollingsworth has mastered her artistic mission, as her paintings achieve this goal with stunning sharpness, clarity, and color. Twenty works will grace the walls of Principle Gallery during this solo exhibition. Many of the works display the artist’s skillful still life compositions, set against a stark black background with birds, faucets, brown bags, and more. The bright lighting of her subjects along with the voided background imbues the works with strong tenebrism along with dramatic flair, and a touch of mystery.

Karen Hollingsworth, “In Progress,” oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in. (c) Principle Gallery 2016

The exhibition opens with a reception on April 1 from 5 to 8 P.M. and will run through April 30. To learn more, visit Principle Gallery.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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