Karen Revis

Karen Revis

Sarah Coffey
Feb 1, 2008

A shot of color for this snowy day. Karen Revis sent us her portfolio of encaustic paintings and we wanted to share the warmth. These paintings appear super-simple, although the process that went into creating them is pretty complex. Click below for more...



Encaustic is a wax-based medium that's very difficult to manipulate since it dries and hardens so quickly. The layers of wax also have to be applied patiently and evenly to keep from cracking. Since the surface holds texture really well, encaustic is a great medium for showing the human mark. Karen's paintings are subtle grids, and the surfaces are very minimal, which makes the wavering movement of the artist's hand a focal point.

Red/Yellow Top, Encaustic on Panel, 9 x 9 inches
Silhouette Series, Encaustic on Panel, 9 x 9 inches

In her larger paintings, she gets a similar effect with acrylic paint on a plexiglass and wood backing.

Theresa (Birds), Acrylic on Plexiglass Mounted to Wood, 15 x 15 inches
Melissa (Birds), Acrylic on Plexiglass Mounted to Wood, 30 x 30 inches

Her prints are monotypes, which are single prints (not editions) created from a reverse-painting transfered to paper.

Yellow Orange, Monoprint, 30 x 30 inches

Karen's paintings range from $1,200 to $4,000 and her monotypes sell between $600 and $800. Her bio is here and her portfolio is here.

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