During the month of June 2009, Blackfish Gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of large oil paintings by KAREN EHLERS. The exhibit opens Tuesday, June 2nd and continues through Saturday, June 27th. An opening reception will be held on First Thursday, June 4th from 6-9 pm at the gallery.
Karen Ehlers’ paintings have moved in a new direction. Ehlers says, “Maybe it’s a good time to change being that I just moved back to California.” Her new series is entitled “West Hollywood, 1980-1983.” Her colorful paintings are copies of photos taken in the early 1980’s by her good friend, Matt Sweeney. While Sweeney was attending film school in Los Angeles, he had to catch a bus on Hollywood and Vine. When waiting for the bus, he took photographs of people and their surroundings. Ehlers says, “I loved these pictures and his keen eye for humor, so I asked him if I could paint them.” Her paintings are about the people, the light and moments in time. The portraits are spirited with a psychological and humorous energy. Her plan is to have fun with them while keeping her style loose. She says, “In the end these paintings are going to be about paint.”