Gallery @ the Jupiter Hotel is proud to announce the emerging artist and Spring 2016 show “Letting Go", featuring artwork by local Portland artist Karen Wippich. The show will be on display from March 29th to May 31st, 2016. The First Friday Eastside artwalk artist opening reception will be held on Friday, April 1st, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m.
"I have often heard that an artist has to have a good story to go with their work. My paintings tell their own story,” says Wippich. “They are rich in history. Layers of images. Every viewer sees something, their own story, a relative, a friend and that is what I think attracts them to my paintings."
Karen Wippich grew up moving across the US, spending time alone creating characters and fantasies. Most of her adult life has been spent working as a graphic designer. Her design work has been widely published in the US and internationally. A few years ago her focus changed to something she dreamed about as a child, to be a working artist.
Karen’s expressionist acrylic paintings show her graphic influence with figures inhabiting and blending into abstract environments, their bodies breaking into geometric shapes, incised by lines. Karen explains, “If someone asks me what one of my paintings is about, I say, ‘You tell me.’ When I paint I feel alive and free. For a few hours nothing else matters. My hope is that my paintings can make the viewer feel that way too, if even for a moment.”
The First Friday events are a blast! Hope to see you there.