Moving through the artistic process intuitively and without conscious
thought, Colleen Premer taps into her artistic soul to produce balanced and harmonious compositions.
This southern California printmaker is lured by the world of monotype and
monoprint for the immediacy of results, but she also lends her creative hand to
encaustic painting and intaglio printmaking.
Colleen is highly influenced by her artist mother, Elaine Kennedy, who
was an acclaimed local painter and printmaker. She was exposed to the art world
at an early age through her mother’s circle of friends and the many art shows,
exhibitions and gatherings they frequented together. Although Colleen has a
journalism degree and an M.S. in clinical psychology, her passion for art kept tugging at her heart. She
eventually discovered printmaking at the Idyllwild School of Music and the
Ranging from abstracted shapes to intricate design, Colleen’s
body of work takes its inspiration from observed line, shape and color. She
often contrasts recognizable elements, like a spinning Ferris wheel, with
shadowed spheres and elongated patterns. Her
creativity doesn’t stop there! Colleen also
works with chine colle, image transfer and printers inks for a multi-layered
print that is steeped in meaning. Some of her more recent works have embedded
excerpts of letters written by Colleen’s mother, creating timeless memories.
Always pushing herself
to solve a problem from a different angle, Colleen’s work reinvents the
familiar to present it in a new and unusual way. Her recent Tattoo Truck linocut relief print boldly presents
the cab of a big rig head on. With careful control, Colleen has carved and
outlined tattooed flames licking the outer shell of the cab. Rougher cuts add dimension within the
image’s background. Colleen’s inspiration largely is drawn from her attraction
to the clean lines and human-like features of cars and trucks. Additionally,
the methods and history of Japanese printmaking and artistry (including the
culture’s unique take on tattoos) intrigue Colleen. The result is
Ever changing, always
experimenting, creating beauty out
of the mundane, Colleen surprises us with a greater level of
sophistication every time we see her newest works. And, we would love to share
them with you!
Born in Redlands, California, Karen is a painter and printmaker who has worked in Los Angeles since l959. Educated at Stanford (BA 1957), Otis (MFA 1959), and UCLA (Painting 1960), her early exhibitions include “Directorʼs Choice” at the Pasadena Art Museum, selected by Thomas Leavitt; “LA and Vicinity,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art; “Current Concerns” at LAICA, curated by Walter Hopps; “Imagination” at LAICA, curated by Llyn Foulkes; “Assemblage and Collage” at LAICA, curated by Hal Glicksman; Grandview Gallery at the Womenʼs Building and “Expo/International” at the Museo del Inah, Oaxaca, Mexico. She has exhibited at the LouWe Gallery, The Brand Library, Boston University, Cal Tech, Cal State Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Davis, The Berkeley Art Center, Occidental College, The LA Municipal Art Gallery, The Armory Center for the Arts, the Platt Gallery, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, and many others. In Spring of 2012, she exhibited monotypes with Linda Lyke in a two person exhibit at Century Books, Pasadena, CA. From l977 to 1997 Karen was Artist-in-Residence (CA Arts Council) and Faculty at Pacific Oaks College where she created the Childrenʼs Art Studio, a multidisciplinary teaching studio for 200 children and student-teachers. Over the years, Karen initiated and developed art programs on several campuses, including Westridge School, and Pasadena Alternative School. Among the art spaces she created, “The Art Studio” at Pacific Oaks is documented in Design Over Time (Stine 1994). Karen was included in the 2010 encyclopedia, L.A. Rising: SoCal Art before1980 (Kienholz 2010).