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Karen Shewan

Karen Shewan
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I’m a local artist, based in Edinburgh, but also living part of the year in the Highlands. I took early retirement from the NHS in 2012 to pursue my love of art. Since then I've studied art part time at the University of Edinburgh and completed a variety of courses at Edinburgh Printmakers and Highland Print Studio. I now paint, print, draw, make artists' books, do photography, and some sculpture. The inspiration for my work comes mainly from walking both the historic streets of Edinburgh and the magnificent Highland hills. I enjoy using a variety of different media and techniques and in my work I seek to express a sense of how I feel about a place rather than its true representation. In both natural and urban environments I'm drawn to the nooks and crannies, the lesser known and hidden places, and areas of decay and dereliction. I sometimes use art to express my concerns about the environment, and more recently I've begun to explore the historical memories and layers within the landscape, especially in relation to the Highland Clearances.

My work has been in group exhibitions in Edinburgh and Inverness and has been bought by people in the UK and Austria, and the National Library of Scotland.

Website: http://shewan3.wix.com/karenshewanart
Instagram: karenshewan7629

2019, Discourse, University of Edinburgh, Paterson's Land
2019, Madder, Andrew Grant Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art
2019, Dispossession, Art & Design Library, Edinburgh
2019, Working in the Margins, University of Edinburgh, Paterson's Land
2018, FGM exhibition, Nairn Community Art Centre
2018 Discourse, University of Edinburgh, Paterson's Land
2018 Lonely Arts Club Exhibition, University of Highlands & Islands, Inverness
2017 Discourse, University of Edinburgh, Paterson's Land
2017 Lonely Arts Club Exhibition, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
2016 The Eye Never has Enough of Seeing, Scottish National Gallery
2016 The Old Mechanics Project, Edinburgh Art Festival
2016 Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show
2015 Art & Design Studies Spring Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art
2015 Three Harbours Arts Festival, East Lothian
2014 Tidalfire Gallery, Edinburgh


Certificate of Higher Education, University of Edinburgh, including modules in painting, drawing and sculpture

Screen printing - Highland Print Studio
Wood engraving – Highland Print Studio
Etching – Edinburgh Printmakers
Japanese Woodblock Printing – Edinburgh Printmakers
Stone Lithography – Edinburgh Printmakers
Encaustic Painting – Leith School of Art


BSc.Hons Pharmacology
Diploma Nutrition & Dietetics
MSc Health & Social Care
Boundaries, Easter Ross and East Lothian, 2016
  • Karen Shewan
  • Boundaries, Easter Ross and East Lothian, 2016
  • Mixed Media
Sutherland I, 2016
  • Karen Shewan
  • Sutherland I, 2016
  • Mixed Media
Reflections in a Holyrood Pool, 2016
  • Karen Shewan
  • Reflections in a Holyrood Pool, 2016
  • Mixed Media
Non Biodegradable, 2015
  • Karen Shewan
  • Non Biodegradable, 2015
  • Mixed Media
Remains, 2018
  • Karen Shewan
  • Remains, 2018
  • Mixed Media
Cleared, 2018
  • Karen Shewan
  • Cleared, 2018
  • Mixed Media
Waste Bin, Dornoch Beach, 2017
  • Karen Shewan
  • Waste Bin, Dornoch Beach, 2017
  • Found Objects
Hybrid, 2017
  • Karen Shewan
  • Hybrid, 2017
  • Found Objects