“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul."
- Wassily Kandinsky
Photo courtesy of The Field Guide (Toowoomba).
Karri McPherson (b. 1995) is a contemporary abstract painter and mural artist currently based near Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. She recently completed an Honours Degree in a Bachelor of Creative Art at the University of Southern Queensland where she successfully graduated with First Class.
Within her mural work, Karri explores a wide range of geometric designs, and she is fascinated by abstract art's ability to transform urban architectural spaces into platforms for disseminating positivity. Her precise and distinctive murals invite diverse communities to engage with Contemporary Art in a public setting, encouraging viewers to spark dialogue around its position and relevance in our lived spaces. What is the purpose of abstract art, and does it have a purpose being displayed beyond a traditional gallery setting?
Karri specialises in creating vibrant geometric murals that infuse interior and exterior spaces with the timelessness of shape, form and colour. Karri meticulously designs each artwork to ensure it aesthetically enhances a space whilst simultaneously considering any unique, architectural qualities. This means that each of her murals celebrate a locations’ individuality by reflecting and incorporating elements from the surrounding urban environment.
Karri is passionate about working with clients to create statement murals that are both on-budget and on-brief. She is open to undertaking new and adventurous projects, and she is happy to travel interstate and overseas for different mural projects. Karri can also take on projects by distance for any design-based collaborations.
Geometric Configuration (no. 1), Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
Created as part of the 2019 NEON Festival.
Karri's studio work explores similar geometric compositions to her murals; however, these works address conceptual ideas around the preconceived limitations associated with the medium of painting. By exploring The Expanded Field of Painting, her studio work addresses the validity of traditionalist painting values by drawing attention to the space her works inhabit. In doing so, her painting's reject the inherent flatness typically associated with canvas painting.
Karri is currently exploring the deconstruction of other existing narratives that have historically positioned painting as separate to other art forms. By challenging conventional painting parameters, her painted installations generate a revised perspective on how the medium is characterised.
Spatial Construct (no. 2), 2020. Installation View.
As part of the 2020 Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling Scholarship,
Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW.
Karri has been involved in over forty exhibitions throughout Australia and the United States. During her career Karri has been awarded three major art prizes; the Emerging Artist Award at GraduArt (USQ) in 2017, the Biennial Emerging Artist Award at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery in 2018, and the 2020 Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling Scholarship at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery. With her travelling scholarship Karri plans to embark on residencies throughout Europe during 2023.