Charles Frederick Karp - Fine Art
Charles Karp is a southern California painter with a studio in Camarillo, California.
"As a painter I try to evoke the beauty and drama of our human condition and the natural world around us. Our lives combine both sorrow and joy. We live with transience and death, yet rejoice in love and beauty. My goal is to arouse a deep response in the viewer that reflects the complexity and beauty of our experience."
Exhibitions and Awards
"Martini in Waiting" was selected by juror Scott Canty, former Director of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, for inclusion in the 12th annual "2017 California Open", a national exhibition celebrating contemporary art sponsored by the Tag Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
"The Way of All Flesh" and "Madame Will See You Now", were selected in 2017 by juror Tish Greenwood, Executive Director, California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO), for inclusion in "The Next Big Thing", an art show held annually at the Blackboard Gallery in Camarillo, CA.
"Machiavelli's Daughter" and "Degas' Little Dancer" were selected in 2016 for The 11th Annual California Open, a national exhibition curated by Kent Twitchell celebrating contemporary art created by emerging artists. The exhibition is held annually at the TAG Gallery in Santa Monica, CA.
"Degas' Little Dancer" and "The Tree Beseeches the Sky", were selected in 2016 by juror Peter Mays, the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Art Association, for inclusion in "The Next Big Thing", an art show held annually at the Blackboard Gallery in Camarillo, CA.
"Eve's First Sunrise - the color study" was selected in 2016 by juror Jason Horejs for the "Collectors Choice" fundraising event at Studio Channel Island's Blackboard Gallery.
"Death's Angel" was selected in 2015 by juror Moses Mora for the "Spirits, Souls and the Next Journey" show at Studio Channel Island's Blackboard Gallery.
"Eve's First Sunrise" was selected in 2015 by juror Lois Lambert for the "Over Your Sofa" show at Studio Channel Island's Blackboard Gallery.
"Eye of the Beholder" was selected from over 2,000 entries as a finalist in Southwest Art magazine's "Artistic Excellence" competition and appeared in the December 2014 edition.
"Putting Beauty on a Pedestal" and "Girl with her Pet Silkie Chicken" were selected in 2014 for the juried show "Clothing Optional" at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center.
"Martini in Waiting" was selected in 2014 for the juried artist member show "Creme de la Creme" at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center.
"Eye of the Beholder" was selected in 2014 for the juried show "Less is More" at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center, and won 2nd place for Best in Show.
“Promenade” was selected in 2013 for the juried show “Precious: Small Works” at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center.
“Bone Deep Essence” was selected in 2013 for the juried show “Essence” at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center.
"Sun Sets on the King" was selected in 2012 for permanent display in the office of the President of Il Leone, a distinguished manufacturing company in Florence, Italy.
"High Noon at the Huntington Museum" was chosen by the California Art Club for a juried show in 2009 at the historic Blinn House in Pasadena.
"Tower of Dreams" was placed on display in 2009 in the office of the President, Dr. Richard Rush at California State University Channel Islands (on loan from Dr. Rush's private collection).
"High Noon at the Huntington Museum" won the Juror's Choice Award for the 2008 juried June show of the Santa Barbara Art Association.
"Self Portrait" was selected for the 2008 juried June show of the Santa Barbara Art Association.
"Sun Sets on the King" was selected for exhibition in the 2008 Studio Channel Islands Art Center Members Best show.
"Self Portrait" and "Morning Light" were both selected for the juried exhibition at the 2007 Studio Channel Islands Art Center Members Best show.
A number of other portrait, landscape and still life paintings are in private collections in California, Hawaii and Florence, Italy.
Although I drew enthusiastically as a teenager, I received no formal art training. After pursuing other career goals, I moved to southern Califoria and began painting in 2007. I sought out accomplished painters in the area who were teaching in a traditional atelier style for workshops or studio classes. I am grateful to all the teachers that have helped me: Noble Powell, Tony Pro, Ron Lemen, Johanna Spinks, Ignat Ignatov, Michael Siegel, David Gallup, Jeremy Lipking and Sean Cheetham.