“A point is a small bit of colour put by the artist on the canvas. It is neither a geometric point nor a mathematical abstraction; it is extension, form, and colour. This form can be a square, a triangle, a circle, a star or something more complex. The point is the most concise form, but according to its placement on the basic plane, it will take a different tonality. It can be isolated or resonate with other points or lines."
- Wassily Kandinsky
Picture courtesy of The Field Guide (Toowoomba).
Karri McPherson (b. 1995) is a contemporary painter and mural artist based in New South Wales, Australia. She has recently completed a Bachelor of Creative Art (Honours) at the University of Southern Queensland.
Within her murals, Karri explores the capacity that art has to transform interior and exterior spaces. Primarily using hard-edged geometry, her vibrant compositions explore the power that geometric art has to infuse communities with the timeless beauty of shape, form and colour.
Each mural is site-specific, responding to unique characteristics from each location. This allows each mural to celebrate a locations’ individuality by reflecting elements from the surrounding environment.
Grand Central Shopping Centre, Toowoomba, QLD.
Karri's studio work explores similar geometric compositions to her murals, however, these works address conceptual ideas regarding the preconceived limitations associated with the medium of painting. By exploring The Expanded Field of Painting, her 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, generating a revised perspective on how the medium is characterised.
A-Symmetrical, 2019. Installation View.
Karri has been involved in over forty exhibitions throughout Australia and the United States. She has been awarded two prizes; the Emerging Artist Award at GraduArt in 2017 and the Biennial Emerging Artist Award in 2018, where her work was successfully acquired by the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.