Karen Bloomfield

With 2 artworks selected for the collection of the Australian Embassy in Kabul, Bloomfield is one of a select group of Australian artists chosen to represent Australian Art in International Embassies. Bloomfield, recent past President of the Australian Society of Marine Artists and Associate Artist with the Royal Art Society of NSW, is regularly exhibited in some of Australia’s most prestigious art awards. Bloomfield has created a brand for herself through two distinctive mediums: Industrial oil paintings on canvas; and Australian Wildlife in charcoal & ink on plywood. Her recent melding of the styles has been termed ‘Reductionist Pop’. Bloomfield’s work peppers collections throughout Australia & internationally.

Artist Statement
I believe that my role as an artist is to capture & preserve society in this very moment & to garnish this moment with my own filters, wit, emotions & beliefs.
It is in this way I share my vision of how I perceive that simple, mundane, ugly & unexpected things may be viewed to be beautiful or, at the very least, engaging. It is my desire to encourage the growth that comes from seeing more than one viewpoint – in everything.

Gallery Representation
2023 – Current Bloomfield Fine Art Gallery, Terrigal Beach, NSW 2020 – Current Audrey Fine Art Gallery, Pyrmont, NSW
2016 – Current Aarwun Gallery, Nicholls, ACT
2019 – 2022 Bay Gallery, Ettalong, NSW
2020 – 2021 Art Gallery on Palm Beach, Palm Beach NSW
2017 – 2019 Finite Gallery, Caves Beach, NSW
2016 – 2018 Without Pier Gallery, Cheltenham VIC
2016 – 2018 Tusk Gallery, Camberwell VIC

Art Education
2014 Diploma Fine Art, Newcastle Art School, Ourimbah Campus

Professional Associations
Fellow of the Australian Society of Marine Artists Inc (FASMA)
ASMA National Vice President (2019 – 2020);
ASMA President (2020 – 2023)
NSW Royal Art Society, Exhibiting Member (2019 – ) Associate Membership awarded 2022
Art Studios Cooperative (ASC) Founding Member (2013 – 2022)ASC Secretary (2018 – 2022)

Collections
NSW Police HQ, Portrait of Fr. Jim Boland, Beloved
Australian Consulate, Kabul; Driving Clarice & Don’t Make Me Come Back There!

Awards & Commendations (Select)
2023 Finalist John Dudley Portrait Prize
2023 Finalist Newcastle Maritime Art Award
2022, 2021 WINNER – BEST IN SHOW Emerald Art Society Annual Show
2022 Finalist National Emerging Art Prize
2022, 2021 Finalist Bluethumb Art Award
2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 Finalist ANL Maritime Art Awards (Commendation 2022 & 2017)
2022, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014 Finalist Gosford Art Prize
2022 Finalist John Dudley Portrait Prize
2022, 2018 Finalist Lethbridge 20 000 Small Scale Art Award
2021 HIGHLY COMMENDED – CONTEMPORARY SECTION Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA)
2020 Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize
2020WINNER Royal Art Society 140th Anniversary Exhibition, 1st place Contemporary Section
2020 Finalist Stanthorpe Art Prize
2019 WINNER Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) Presidents Medal
2019, 2018, 2016 Finalist Hunters Hill Art Prize
2019 Finalist Bayside (NSW) Art Award
2018 Finalist Fisher’s Ghost Art Awards
2018 Finalist The Blake Art Prize
2016 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award
2016 Finalist Paddington Art Prize
2014 Finalist St George Art Awards 2014
Finalist SHE
2013 Finalist Hornsby Art Prize

Solo Exhibitions
2021 Higher, Art Gallery on Darling, Balmain NSW 2020 Wild Dimensions, Gloucester Gallery, Gloucester NSW
2019 Well, I wasn’t expecting that!, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick NSW
2018 Wild at Heart, Mercure Kooindah, Wyong NSW
2016 Juggernaut, Tortuga Studios, St. Peters NSW
2015 Juggernaut, Art Studios Gallery, North Gosford NSW
2015 Fauna, Fair & Free, Willoughby Council Chambers, Chatswood NSW
2014 Incandescent, Art Studios Gallery, Nth Gosford & TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW
2013 Moments of Grace, Factory 5, Warriewood NSW
2012 Virtues of Value, Gosford Regional Gallery NSW

Selected / Invitation Only Exhibitions
2022, 2020 Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) National Exhibition, RAS, Lavender Bay, NSW
2021 Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) Silver Anniversary National Exhibition (Online)
2021 1st International Online Marine Arts Exhibition, https://internationalmarineart.com
2019 Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) National Exhibition, Maritime Museum of Tasmania Carnegie Gallery, Hobart
2019 Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) Small Group Exhibition, RAS, Lavender Bay, NSW
2017, 2016 Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) Exhibition, Royal Art Society, Lavender Bay, NSW
2017 Hunters Hill Pop-up Program, Hunters Hill, NSW
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Art by the Sea, Killcare SLSC, Killcare Beach, NSW

Collaborations / Group Shows (Selected)
2022 The Fabulous Bloomfield & Craig, Audrey Fine Art Gallery, Pyrmont NSW
2022 Untamed, The Public, Umina NSW 2020 APALE:BLOOMFIELD, M&J Becker Winery, Hunter Valley NSW
2019 Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 Australian Spirit, Art Studios Cooperative & various locations, NSW & ACT
2017 Without Pier Gallery, Cheltenham, VIC. Group Show selected represented Artists.
2017 Every Individual Matters, Cre8tiv Gallery, St Leonards, Sydney
2016 Terraforma, Palm House Gallery, NSW Royal Botanic Gardens
2015 The Other Art Fair, Central Park, Sydney, NSW
2015 Animalia, Nanshe Studio Gallery, Hamilton, NSW
2015 Cohabitation, Palm House Gallery, NSW Royal Botanic Gardens

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