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 Painting by Karen Kaplan

Fine Art and Illustration
by Karen Kaplan

“Loving You Loving Me”
Watercolor 3-7/8" x 5-1/4"
© 1986 Karen Kaplan

Reproduced with permission of the artist.

About the Artist:

Karen Kaplan has exhibited her drawings and paintings in over 125 exhibitions in museums, galleries, and public exhibition spaces, nationally and internationally. Her work has been shown alongside other notable artists such as Andy Warhol, Willem deKooning, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Robert Motherwell, Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, Helen Frankenthaler, Wolf Kahn, Mark Kostabi, Morris Brose, Mattie Leeds, Tim Eagan, Daniel Stolpe, and others.

Karen Kaplan is a native Californian, born in San Francisco, raised in Los Altos and Beverly Hills, attended Antioch College, California College of Arts and Crafts, Cabrillo College, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California in Santa Cruz and her master’s degree in Fine Arts from New York University.

Before graduating with her master’s degree in Fine Arts from New York University, Kaplan was an art director in a publishing company, illustrated medical and literary books, designed advertisements, and worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Previously, Kaplan taught art in Portland, Oregon, and in Santa Cruz. She was also a staff artist for Good Times Magazine, Leviathan, and Energy News.

As an internationally renowned artist, Kaplan’s works are in collections throughout the United States and as far reaching as Norway, England, France, Italy, Greece, South America, Egypt, and Israel, where she was a resident kibbutz artist.

Kaplan’s works have received awards and outstanding reviews by art critics. Articles have appeared in over fifty publications including newspapers, catalogues, radio, and television, such as The New York Times, Manhattan Arts Magazine, Art and Artist, Downtown, California Contemporary Craftsmen, CBS News, and WNEW Radio in New York.

Her brightly colored paintings are created with oils, acrylics, and watercolors. Technically adept drawings are done with pencils, pastels, and pen and ink. Kaplan also assembles found objects such as miniature toys into collage.

Since 1973, Kaplan has been exploring a series she titled “Apparitions.” In these provocative works, issues regarding the dynamics of human relationships, energy, and the life cycle are recurring themes. Translucent figures emerge from ethereal landscapes and the viewer is invited to experience the shock and subtleties of discovering the hidden and the unknown. These works are sensual and romantic. Clearly, it is the artist’s intention to inspire a spirit of change and a profound sense of introspection.

As a way of reconnecting with the Santa Cruz community where she now resides, Kaplan volunteered as Vice President of Temple Or Tiqvah, was on the Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz Hillel Foundation, and hosted Jewish Social Club events for singles. Kaplan has also organized art/fundraising events for Hillel, The Battered Women’s Taskforce, High Risk Youth and Cultural Exchange Programs, and organizes Sierra Club events. Kaplan continues to consult and is also an agent for many other talented and emerging artists.

During the summer Kaplan stays in shape while backpacking and travelling, and in the wintertime, she is an avid black diamond downhill skier.

For more information about art for publication or exhibition, please write to the artist directly.

5215-D Scotts Valley Drive
Scotts Valley, California 95066



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