Born in the Bronx, NY, Karen was heavily influenced by the New York art scene, hanging out in clubs with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring in the 1980s. She attended Syracuse University as a painting major, where she received a BFA in painting which included a year abroad at St. Martins School of Art in London, UK. This is where she first started creating photograms under the same professors that worked with Gilbert and George, while at the same time exhibiting her paintings in New York.
After receiving a second degree in Graphic Design, Karen has been working as a painter, photographer, window dresser and graphic designer creating window designs for Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dress Barn Stores and major music labels; as well as designs for licensed products for Kraft Foods, Simon Malls, Crayola, Nickelodeon, Imax, Cartoon Network and Gameboy.
"I am influenced by all artistic mediums including interior design, film, music, fashion and social media. I've worked in all these areas professionally, and draw from their current trends. My artistic process allows me to collage these areas together into one cohesive statement and image."
Currently, Karen has been active in the Los Angeles Arts District, exhibiting frequently and pushing the boundaries of conventional black and white photography. She enjoys producing large scale, life size, one-of-a-kind photograms using a variety of techniques and creating imagery which is unique and unparalleled. She has also bent the norms of traditional rectangular wall art by creating colorful 3D modular art.
Some of her most brilliant and exclusive works remain in private and corporate collections.
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2018 – "Snap To Grid" Group Show, Los Angeles Center For Digital Art – Los Angeles, CA
2018 – “Fabric Expo” Art Fair, The Reef – Los Angeles, CA
2018 – "Brand 46, National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper" Group Show, Brand Library and Art Center – Burbank, CA
2018 – "Art in LA Affair" Art Fair, AC Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
2017 – "You Are Punk" Group Show, The Vast Lab – Los Angeles, CA
2017 – “Art From The Other Side" Group Show, Angel City Brewery – Los Angeles, CA
2017 – "The Grow Show" Group Show, ARTHOUSE.NYC – New York, NY
2017 – "Los Angeles Based Film and Chemistry Photo Artists" Group Show, Downtown Photo Collective – Los Angeles, CA
2017 – "That Blitz Mentality" Group Show, Wallspace – Los Angeles, CA
2016 – "Perimeter II" Group Show, Art Share LA – Los Angeles, CA
2003 – "Digital Festival" Group Show, Jewish Enrichment Center – New York, NY
2000 – "Acrylic on Wood" Group Show, Westchester Art Workshop Gallery – Peekskill, NY
1999 – “Interactive Animations" Group Show, Westchester Art Workshop Gallery – Peekskill, NY
1998 – "Digital Video Productions" Group Show, Westchester Art Workshop Gallery – Peekskill, NY
1997 – "Digital Illustrations" Group Show, Westchester Art Workshop Gallery – Peekskill, NY
1995 – Stuart Steele Productions "Selected Works" Group Show, Le Bar Bat – Manhattan, NY
1994 – "4th Annual Open Juried Show" Group Show, Paramount Center For The Arts – Peekskill, NY
1991 – “Iconclastic Art" Group Show, Weatherholt Gallery in cooperation with The International Association of Visual Artists – Washington, DC
1991 – “2nd Annual 100 New York Artists" Group Show, Weatherholt Gallery – Washington, DC
1991 – "1st Annual 100 New York Artists" Group Show, Weatherholt Gallery – Washington, DC
1990 – "Karen Finkel" Solo Exhibition, Mari Galleries – Mamaroneck, NY
1987 – "That Show" Solo Exhibition, Smith Gallery – Syracuse, NY
1986 – "The Next Tomorrow" Group Show, Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge University – England, UK
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