• KAREN LANDRIGAN

    Welcome. I am an artist and I invite you into my imaginary world. Enjoy.

Bio

I was born in the city of St. Johns on the island of Newfoundland, Canada. I grew up on the shores of a lake and learned to swim at a very young age. All of my fondest memories always include water. If I have a first love it is mathematics. My fascination with numbers and calculation led me into the engineering program at Memorial University in Newfoundland. After two years of studying engineering, I left to attend the Alberta College of Art where I studied Visual Communications. After graduating, I got a job in advertising and went on to earn my living in corporate graphic design, including developing corporate identities for some of the largest corporations in Canada. When I moved to the United States in 2007, I took several classes at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, where I currently live, and focused my studies on designing and producing handmade jewelry. As time permits, I continue to create unique handmade jewelry today. Painting is the current love of my creative life.

I am an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA).

CV available here.

Artist Statement

I’ve dealt with a great deal of adversity over the years and even now, at times I feel as though I exist in a strange state somewhere between life and death. For me, everything changed in an instant, yet my life continues. Today, I find myself living an entirely new existence in what seems like in an entirely new universe. Encouraged to paint by a dear friend and mentor who has always admired my creative abilities, this new reality has become the backdrop for my art. My first painting, called “Soaring”, is a close-up of a figure swimming in water with her back to the viewer, taken entirely out of context, and painted in such a way that we really don’t know where she’s going or how she’s getting there. She could be flying; she could be dying. And this is what my art as well as my existence is about–whether to fly or die. I choose to fly.

My portrait sketches represent my lighter, humorous, more whimsical and spontaneous side. I create them mainly at night after a long day of painting, having left the studio and relaxing around the house. They just make me laugh, and the reason for their being is no more complicated than that.

Events

DEAN DAY GALLERY – FEBRUARY EXHIBITION

DEAN DAY GALLERY – FEBRUARY EXHIBITION
Feb 11, 2017 Dan Adams

Feb 11 2017
FEBRUARY EXHIBITION

Dean Day Gallery
2639 Colquitt Houston, TX 77098

Saturday, February 25th
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Click here for more information.
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery – Artist Showcase

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery – Artist Showcase
Jan 15, 2017 Dan Adams

Jan 15 2017
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Karen Landrigan has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Karen was selected as one of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #4. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.  Below are her Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was submitted to this competition.

View the gallery here.
The International Gallery of the Arts (IGOA) 2nd Annual “Art of Humanity” Online Exhibition

The International Gallery of the Arts (IGOA) 2nd Annual “Art of Humanity” Online Exhibition
Dec 17, 2016 Dan Adams

Dec 17 2016
The awards continue to come in for Houston artist Karen Landrigan. Three of her paintings “Breathing”, Fleeting” and “Roaring” have been chosen by jury to be included in the International Gallery of the Arts online exhibit. In total 29 artists were chosen from 89 entries and 217 submissions. Artists may submit more than one image and painters and photographers from 9 countries, including United States, Canada, France, Israel, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Barbados, India and Ukraine vie to be included in the online gallery.
 
“What a year!” said Landrigan “I am very grateful that the IGOA selected my work. It is very fulfilling and humbling to be a part of the “Art of Humanity” exhibition” .
 
The IGOA is an online based gallery dedicated to promoting emerging and established artists.
Finalist in the Sedona Art Prize

Finalist in the Sedona Art Prize
Dec 14, 2016 Dan Adams

Dec 14 2016
"Soaring" was a finalist entry in the Sedona Art Prize International Online Painting Competition for November, 2016.

The Sedona Art Prize is an international online painting contest open to all painters anywhere in the world who are over 18 years of age using traditional painting media: oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, or mixed media. Over $10,000 in cash awards, including a $5000 Grand Prize, will be awarded at the close of the competition in August, 2017. Produced through a partnership between The Sedona Arts Center and GatewayToSedona.com, its mission is the support of artists and art education projects as well as our Peace Through Art initiative, “Make Art Not War.”

More info here

News

National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) Fall International Online Exhibition.

National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) Fall International Online Exhibition.
Dec 15, 2017 Dan Adams

Dec 15 2017
Award winning artist Karen Landrigan announced today that her painting “Breathing” has been selected by the jurors for the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) Fall International Online Exhibition. “Breathing" is one of a series she calls “I have something to say…”.
 
Landrigan has had a spectacular rise in the art world. Beginning three years ago when she decided at the age of 53 to paint full time, Landrigan’s ability to capture emotion in a brush stroke has resulted in her receiving more than a dozen international awards and recognitions over the past few years.
 
Only 150 paintings from a worldwide total of 930 submissions were selected for the NOAPS Online Exhibition. Landrigan has continued to impress the public and art critics with her ability to connect on a unique emotional level.
 
“Breathing is my most personal piece of work,” said Landrigan, “It is the painting I’m most connected to. It is such an honor to be a part of the exhibit.”
 
The entire list of exhibitors and the accepted artwork images are available for viewing be viewable in the NOAPS 2017 Fall International Online Exhibition on www.noaps.org.
 
“I am going to pause at the end of the year,” said Landrigan, “I need some time to reflect and enjoy the everyday things. Of course I will paint again, because I can’t stop anyway.”
 
 
Landrigan often works seven days a week in her studio
 
“A rest always brings a refreshed perspective.” Landrigan said “and ultimately painting is like breathing to me. Really I am sitting back and in awe about how I have landed in and amongst some of the finest painters in the global world of art. I need time to recharge”.
Ampersand Art Award from the International Society of Acrylic Painters

Ampersand Art Award from the International Society of Acrylic Painters
Nov 02, 2017 Dan Adams

Nov 02 2017
Award winning Houston artist Karen Landrigan announced today that her painting titled “Flying” has been awarded the Ampersand Art Award. Landrigan’s painting was chosen by juror to be included in the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) 2nd Annual Online All-Member Exhibition.
 
“This is a wonderful recognition of my work and I am very grateful,” Landrigan said, “I am jumping for joy. I feel like I’m the one who is flying.” This year Landrigan has become a Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP).
 
The ISAP competitions draw entries from around the world and many talented and professional artists submit their work. In the most recent competition only 75 entries in total were selected for inclusion. ‘Flying’ was chosen by juror to be included in the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) 2nd Annual Online All-Member Exhibition.
 
Mr John Salminen, AWS DF, NWS. was juror for this year’s selections. Mr. Salminen is a signature member of numerous art societies. Landrigan has been the recipient of several art awards in the last year including the Third Prize Winner for International Artist magazine and selected in the top of three winners of The International Gallery of the Arts (IGOA), Painter’s Art Contest.
 
Landrigan’s portfolio of art can be seen in locally at Dean Day Gallery, 2639 Colquitt St, Houston.
 
The entire list of exhibitors and the accepted artwork images are available for viewing on the www.isap-online website
“Breathing” in the International Society of Acrylic Painters 1st Annual Online All-Member Exhibition

“Breathing” in the International Society of Acrylic Painters 1st Annual Online All-Member Exhibition
Dec 15, 2016 Dan Adams

Dec 15 2016
In November 2016, Landrigan’ painting titled ‘Breathing’ was chosen by juror, to be included in the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) 1st Annual Online All-Member Exhibition.
 
The ISAP competitions draw entries from around the world and many talented and professional artists submit their work. In the most recent competition there were 259 entries for the show and only
 
69 selected for inclusion. The entire list of exhibitors and the accepted artwork images are available for viewing on the ISAP Online website.
 
“There is just so much talent in the ISAP” said Landrigan “I am very grateful that the ISAP selected my work. It is a huge step forward for me again” said Landrigan.
View the exhibit at the official website here.
Houston Artist Karen Landrigan chosen to exhibit from nearly 500 worldwide entries.

Houston Artist Karen Landrigan chosen to exhibit from nearly 500 worldwide entries.
Nov 07, 2016 Dan Adams

Nov 07 2016
In October 2016, Landrigan’ painting titled ‘Breathing’ was chosen by competition to be included in the Light, Space and Time Online Art Gallery. A limited number of works from nearly 500 submissions are selected by jury to be included in the online art gallery and Landrigan was excited by the possibilities.

“Exposure is essential and I am very grateful that the LSTOAG selected my work. It is a huge step forward for me again” said Landrigan.

Landrigan, an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists is an accomplished fine art painter who has been honored with numerous prestigious awards and accolades for her body of work that includes graphic design, figurative expressionistic paintings, seascapes, sterling silver jewelry, and whimsical drawings.

The multiple award winning artist has been working on a series of paintings under the umbrella title of ‘I’ve got Something to Say’. Landrigan dedicated herself to painting two years ago when a massive stroke nearly ended her life. Her art whose scenes often include the ocean and seashore are powerful and emotional acrylic paintings that touch on the feelings she experienced while struggling to survive her near fatal condition. Her artist’s note to ‘Breathing’ says it best… “Suffocated by fury, drowning in my recovery, I burst through the surface of the sea and in this moment I escape. I am free.”

Karen Landrigan lives and creates her art in Houston, Texas and has been a designer, innovator, metalsmith and an artist for more than 30 years.

Publications

American Art Collector

American Art Collector
May 01, 2017 Dan Adams

May 01 2017
Karen Landrigan was the Third Prize Winner of International Artist Magazine's Challenge No. 98, People & figures.
Third Prize Winner for International Artist magazine’s Challenge No. 98, People & Figures

Third Prize Winner for International Artist magazine’s Challenge No. 98, People & Figures
Apr 01, 2017 Dan Adams

Apr 01 2017
Landrigan’s painting “ Breathing” was selected as the Third Prize Winner for International Artist magazine’s Challenge No. 98, People & Figures. Landrigan’s paintings will now be exposed to an international audience. As well a one page article about  the artist and her work will appear in the American Art Collector magazine. Her audience grows daily and international buyers have raved about her work. Landrigan’s portfolio of art can be seen in at Dean Day Gallery, Houston TX.

Read the entire article here.

United States Artist 3rd Place Winner – Painters Art Contest

United States Artist 3rd Place Winner – Painters Art Contest
Nov 01, 2016 Dan Adams

Nov 01 2016
Art has saved me. In my darkest moments, it gives me a reason to get up in the morning. It provides me with a purpose. My hope is others can find renewal in art as admirers or creators. Art is our most truthful form of communication and it is where people from very different backgrounds can connect. The most fundamental thing about being human is we are all moved by artistic expression. Only art can save us all.

Read the full article here.
Texas Lifestyle Magazine – Summer 2016

Texas Lifestyle Magazine – Summer 2016
Jun 01, 2016 Donald Jim

Jun 01 2016

In Karen Landrigan's paintings, ocean, air and sky dissolve into each other as a female swimmer exudes strength and focus.

Read the entire article here.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“Karen’s painterly style is totally unique and intriguing, with a fearless use of color and contrast and a solid sense of drawing and perspective.”

Cathy Albright - Dean Day Gallery

“Every time I walk in my home office, I look at the wall and say, “God I love that painting!!” A big shout out to the art Gods for creating you.”

Patty Hermann

“My interest is always aroused by artist that offers a fresh perspective. You are a talent with distinction. Your style is unique.”

Larry Smith - Somerset Fine Art

“Your work is always gorgeous. What I enjoy most about it is that it is serious but has a sense of humor, a playfulness. It’s a very cool combination and I see it in your corporate graphic work and your jewelry design. The design and fabrication process is clearly connected. The pieces always use something about the technique to express the intent, the idea of the design. Truly a gift.”

David Guthrie - architect, author, swimmer and good friend

 

Contact Information

Houston, TX USA

 

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