BIO - Karen Amy Finkel Fishof
Born in the Bronx, NY, Karen attended Syracuse University where she received a BFA in painting. She studied a year abroad at St. Martins School of Art, London, UK, where she first started creating photograms under the same professors as Gilbert and George and showing her work in New York.
Karen has designed window displays for Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dress Barn Stores and major music labels, Sony, BMG, Universal, Warner, album art for Ringo Starr, backdrops for celebrity appearances as well as fashioned licensed products for Kraft Foods, Simon Malls, Crayola, Nickelodeon, Imax, Cartoon Network and Gameboy after receiving a second degree in Graphic Design.
Karen is active in the Los Angeles art scene, exhibiting frequently in galleries, museums, and art fairs. Her work champions the here and now in a dramatic dialogue of the current, deliberately testing the limits of legibility, challenging the viewer with unexpected aesthetic and thematic constructs.
“An exhibition of large-scale photograms by Los Angeles artist Karen Amy Finkel Fishof, will engage and challenge you from the get-go.”
- EDWARD GOLDMAN - ART CRITIC, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO & HUFFINGTON POST
Karen has added NFTs to her creative arsenal. Aside from her BFA in painting, she also has a degree in computer graphics and has been working as a graphic designer for over 20 years. She had in the past, used those skills for helping brands promote themselves creating websites, logos, brochures etc. When she got wind of the NFT boom, she immediately went back to her love of color, and pop art. Her work combines photography, with digital designs and balances the play of black and white with color.
MOD WALL ART
Karen has also bent the norms on the traditional “rectangle on the wall” by creating unique, 3D modular art. “At first I designed the pieces in photoshop and then, working backwards, I hand painted wooden hexagons." Her fabricator who has been mounting her photograms came to one of her shows where she was also displaying some hexagons. He told her she could encase them in museum grade acrylic. They worked together to get the fabrication just right and Mod Wall Art was born.
What’s great about these pieces is that they can scale horizontally or vertically to fit any wall and still fit in a small space for transport. They look like floating glass. Karen has created hundreds of designs, incorporatingvarious colors, patterns and themes as well as utilizing photos from nature, sports, music, and the like. They can be created for bespoke, site-specific installations in any shape or size.
“These works allow me to utilize my ‘found object’ skills, while out and about I stop to capture an image as opposed to the photograms which are more premeditated and staged.”
The final works are carefully curated and the vault of images she has amassed and have at the ready, permits her to collage the best images together to obtain sensational results.
“Karen’s entire body of artwork is extremely original.”
- PAMELA SCHOENBERG - OWNER dnj GALLERY
Karen’s work has a whimsical energy whether it be her black and white photograms, or her colorful digital pieces. Her work is playful, uplifting, and inspirational.