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Karen Maxted

Karen Maxted
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I am interested in mark marking - accidental or purposeful, my marks or the marks of others. I find these in various places - scribbles on notes, doodles, in pre-existing art work. I collect marks that appeal to me, usually because I see objects in them (that are never intended). I appropriate and catalogue these marks and play with scale and colour inversion. The marks are collated to create works which can range from the very abstract to the surreal.

My work manifests itself in ‘expanded collage’ including painting on linen as well as collections of individual metal or wooden shapes. In my painting on linen, I firstly produce draft collages on trace which I then replicate in paint directly on linen. The background often acts as an indicator of how the image has come about and often areas remain untouched. Process is important to my finished pieces; manifested in this interest in transparency and layering.

There is a suggestion of an incomprehensible narrative, mis en scene and other worldliness. Fictitious shapes and animals appear somehow familiar, and I enjoy using anthropomorphic transformation. I play with the human desire to find recognisable forms in a painting.

My current work is loosely based upon the theme of the garden, and considers how gardens are zoned and their focal points.

Edinburgh College of Art - BA Combined Studies (Art & Design) (Painting) 2010-2018


​​Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art, Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh, 02/06/2018-10/06/2018
Solo Exhibition, Souter Johnnie's Cottage (National Trust for Scotland), Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, 13/08/2018-09/09/2018

Light, Land & Country, Gallery 23, 23 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, 09/03/2018-03/04/2018
Ayrshire Hospice Art Exhibition and sale, Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, 02/03/2018-11/03/2018

​Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show 2017, Bonhams, Edinburgh, 24/08/2017 - 27/08/2017
Burns Squared, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, Ayrshire, 18/03/17 - 25/08/17
Souter Johnnie's Cottage, Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, 07/17-10/17
Edinburgh Collage Collective - G.L.U.E. The Envelope Project, The Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, 18/06/2017-28/06/2017
Open Contemporary Young Artist Award Exhibition, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, 18/05/2017 - 20/08/2017​

Visual Arts Scotland - Cordis Tapestry Showcase, RSA, Edinburgh
Drawing on drawing, Student, staff and alumni show, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

Visual Arts Scotland - VAST, RSA, Edinburgh
Just B'cos - WASPS, Patriothall, Edinburgh
Black Cube Collective Annual Show, Gayfield Creative Spaces , Edinburgh

ecartists, St Margaret's House, Edinburgh
Black Cube Collective Annual Show, St Margaret's House, Edinburgh

Open Contemporary Young Artist Award 2017 - Finalist
​Astaire Art Prize 2018 - Shortlisted

​Scotland: Myth /Reality, Imago Mundi, 2018 available at: https://store.fabrica.it/collections/frontpage/products/myth-reality-imago-mundi
lourany (80x80cm)
  • Karen Maxted
  • lourany (80x80cm)
  • Acrylic
Cgu (50x40cm)
  • Karen Maxted
  • Cgu (50x40cm)
  • Acrylic
Ayon obtt (80x80cm)
  • Karen Maxted
  • Ayon obtt (80x80cm)
  • Acrylic
Oayon (80x80cm)
  • Karen Maxted
  • Oayon (80x80cm)
  • Acrylic
Diving Board (80x80cm)
  • Karen Maxted
  • Diving Board (80x80cm)
  • Acrylic
Leaves (190x100x8cm)
  • Karen Maxted
  • Leaves (190x100x8cm)
  • Woodwork