For 30 years I have been working exclusively in the tondo form. Roundness is fundamental to my visual thinking. The form is nature’s most efficient; it is also able to convey a subtle essence of wholeness, interconnection and metaphysical purpose.
I thin oil paint until it is in a fluid form. Gravity and the physical differences of each pigment – some settle quickly, some settling slowly – create flow patterns. I build up these flow forms in layers, producing a luminous, subtle surface. I use a gilded ground not in a decorative manner, but to indicate something beyond our physical world, something metaphysical. “Karen Fitzgerald’s paintings transform matter into cosmic revelations.” – Michaël Amy
Karen Fitzgerald’s work has been widely exhibited in the United States. The Milwaukee Art Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, Islip Art Museum and the Sonoma Museum of Visual Art have featured her work. A variety of public and private collections include her work: the New York Public Library, the Reinhart Collection (Germany) and many others. The Greenwall Foundation, Queens Community Arts Fund and Women’s Studio Center have all supported her with individual artist’s grants. She is a master teaching artist, providing arts-in-education consulting services for the education community.