Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
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- Anais Nin


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Karin Jurick

Posted by Charley Parker at 1:58 am

Karin JurickOne of the things that art does at its best is to let us see the familiar as new and the ordinary as extraordinary. This is why I often like simple scenes of everyday things painted well enough to open your eyes to them. I also tend to like work that is immediate and “painterly”, in which you can see the artist’s hand in the form of visible brushstrokes.

When I did my post on “Painting a Day” blogs, I found that the conditions of painting a small painting each day make an immediate, painterly approach and the depiction of convenient everyday objects almost a prerequisite. As a result I discovered several painters at the time whose work I like for just those reasons; and I continue to find that true as I discover new artists for my follow up post on “Painting a Day” blogs, part 2 (coming fairly soon, I think).

As much as I like all of the painters I included in the first post, (in addition to the remarkable Duane Keiser, who started the practice), I found one new painter in particular whose paintings I enjoy very much.

Karin Jurick’s work exemplifies all of those things that I find so appealing in those small, quickly done paintings. Her paintings are bright, fresh, colorful, painterly, direct, and full of the textures and light of everyday life. When I went from her “Painting a Day” blog to the galleries on her regular web site, I was delighted to find the she carries those traits over into her more fully realized work .

Her daily painting subjects are generally small objects – flowers, jars, cheeses, fruit or other items found in the kitchen or studio. It would be easy for an arist to treat quick paintings of these humble objects as a simple study, but Jurick’s confident approach turns them into a statement.

One of the nice things about her Painting a Day blog posts is they are usually accompanied by a small bit of writing. She often gives her comments on the piece, why she chose the subject or made certain color choices; or just gives her observations about life in general, which, like her paintings, are direct, to the point and often charming.

Although I think she works from life for some of the smaller subjects that she can find or place in her studio, most of her larger compositions are painted from photographs that she composes on location, and works from later in her studio.

While there are occasional paintings that have a “from a photograph” look, most transcend it because of Jurick’s approach to simplifying he composition, abstracting the shapes, “pushing” the color and handling the paint. In many cases the only way you can tell she is referencing a photograph is from the subject matter, which is often of subjects that would be obviously difficult to paint on location – street scenes viewed from the middle of the street, airport waiting lounges, restaurant interiors, and a series I particularly like of gallery interiors.

She has a number of wonderful paintings of patrons of museums and art galleries interacting with and reacting to art on the walls. In these she not only captures the flavor of these spaces that are so familiar to many of us, but often gives her interpretation of the work being viewed in the course of portraying her subject interacting with it.

Jurick’s blog starts here, but her adoption of the practice of a painting a day starts here. The current page has only names and links no preview images, but once you click into an image they are conveniently linked by “Previous” and “Next” navigation. There is also a nice thumbnail gallery of the Painting a Day paintings (don’t miss page 2).

Her main web site has a “Still Wet” section of her most recent work as well as more extensive galleries of “Past Paintings“. In addition to selling her work directly through eBay, she is represented by galleries in Atlanta and San Francisco. There is also a selection of older work on an archive of her previous web site.

There are many things to be said for the practice of doing a small painting every day, not the least of which is the clarity and brevity of expression exemplified by Karin Jurick’s “of the moment” paintings.


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  1. Comment by Kay Crain
    Wednesday, May 24, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

    I first discovered Karin’s art a couple of years ago on ebay. The particular painting was of a woman in Capri pants with some funny commentary of the state of women’s fashion today which would allow them to wear said pants since they look good on so few people! I liked the commentary as much as the painting!

    For us ‘people’ persons, Karin captures the good , the bad and the ugly by painting people from all walks of life . They don’t have to be thin and beautiful to be a subject of her paintings. In fact, one of my very favorite Karin paintings is “River Bend” which depicts a rather portly older woman bending over tying her husband’s shoe. I found it both funny, and poignant besides being just well executed art!

    Paint on my friend!

  2. Comment by Karin Jurick
    Thursday, May 25, 2006 @ 9:36 am

    I thank you so much Charley – for your recognition and acute observations. Your love for “immediate and painterly” work has led me to discover so many great artists and I thank you for that.

    I am truly honored to be mentioned in your outstanding website.

    ~ Gratefully yours, Karin J

  3. Comment by Anne Davis
    Thursday, May 25, 2006 @ 3:16 pm

    I am also a big fan of Karin and her work. Not just her style and technique, but the underlying compassion and zest for life she shows in her paintings. Through her eyes, you see the tender care and beauty in everyday objects and scenes. A lipstick, an old paintbrush, even old boots become special under her brush.
    I feel proud and privileged to have several of her works on my walls.

  4. Comment by Jon Conkey
    Thursday, June 1, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

    Karen Jurick has such great touch with her brush! Her personal way of interpreting what she sees through the tips of her fingers with those buttery strokes; I am in awe.

    Charlie Parker’s ability to fill this blog with so much fantastic material daily deserves a hats off. I would never have discovered Karen’s work were it not for “Lines and Colors”: it is my beacon! JLC

  5. Comment by Charley Parker
    Friday, June 2, 2006 @ 9:37 am

    Thanks, all, for your comments.

    One the the special aspects of Karin’s paintings, at least for me, personally, is that looking at her work makes me want to paint.

    What a wonderful thing!

  6. Comment by Elizabeth Perry
    Saturday, June 10, 2006 @ 9:09 pm

    For the link to Karin Jurick’s inspiring work, many thanks. So much to explore here…

  7. Comment by Lisa Zook
    Friday, September 21, 2007 @ 11:09 am

    I happened upon Karin’s work and web site while searching out another artist. An oil painter myself,I LOVE HER WORK and LOVE her passion for painting. I feel as if I am looking through her eyes at her subject matter and can feel the application of each stroke of paint! I will forever be watching for what she does next…..what pure pleasure!
    -yours truely, Lisa Zook

  8. Comment by Charley Parker
    Sunday, September 23, 2007 @ 5:37 am

    Thanks for adding your comments.

    Karin Jurick continues to be one of my favorites among all of the contemporary artists I’ve written about on lines and colors. Her work consistently feels clear and fresh.

  9. Comment by Jim Ott
    Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 2:14 am

    I first saw Karin Jurick watching a vedio called “Painting a Scene of a New York City Street” and I was hooked. I just love Karins creative styles and especially with her oils and her many areas of the things she paints. The pictures she chooses to paint are pictures taken by herself and not copied from others ideas and if you look at her different subjects they are not the easiest to do but she does them so beautifully. I keep going back to veiw her many works because as a artist myself I can’t think of a better place to enjoy perfection !
    Oh……And I Love You Cottage Studio WOW!

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