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Artist Statement

Tania Karpowitz

My work is about character study.  My method develops through the continual pursuit of ways to make color, light, space, and gesture generate dramatic tension, tell stories, and pose provocative questions about the person I’m painting, even when that person is myself.  Like Shakespeare’s plays, the best portraits by Rembrandt and Velazquez show us how a painting can simultaneously capture individual character and resonate with significance that transcends the person depicted.  For several years now I have been working with the nude to try and achieve this paradoxical effect in my own way.  I never allow my models to be anonymous.  I expect them to engage with me emotionally during our sessions together.  I try to establish a sense of confidence in the studio, of trust and mutual intimacy, and the paintings I produce of a particular model are imbued with the chemistry peculiar to our interaction.  (This chemistry lingers, I find, even when I am working on a particular painting alone in the studio.) I strive to create studies of individuals that are also vivid meditations on themes such as reflection, transformation, and creativity.

EDUCATION & HONORS

Master of Fine Arts - 1992

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Bachelor of Fine Arts - 1987
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

Fulbright Scholarship, Spain -1992-1993

Selected Exhibitions

2015
Holecamp Gallery, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia

Solo Exhibition: Holding History2015

2014
The Gallery, Washington Studio School, Washington, D.C.

 Solo Exhibition—Recent Works

2011
The Gallery, Washington Studio School, Washington, D.C.

Solo Exhibition

Washington Post “Gallery Opening of the Week,” 1/21/11

 2009

Holecamp Gallery, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia

Solo Exhibition: From Life

2008 
Eos Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

Solo Exhibition: Bodies in Motion2008

2005
Century Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

Solo Exhibition

2002

Rockville Arts Place

Episodes of Self  (3 person show)

2000
Courtyard Gallery, Washington, DC

Solo Exhibition

1999
Texas National

Juried by James McGarrell

1999
Arthur Ross Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Confronting Cancer Through Art (group show)

1999

Tryst, Washington, District of Columbia

Bare Art (group show)

1998
LaGrange National Biennial

Juried by Siri J. Engberg

1997
Bowery Gallery, New York, New York

National Competition Juried by William Bailey

1997
The Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hidden, Concealed, Revealed (Juried by Philip Pearlstein)

1997
Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Creating Women (group show)

1996

Red Door Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Solo Exhibition

1996
Kougeas Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

Human:  Figure and Portrait (group show)

1996

Akron Society of Artists, Akron, Ohio

Grand Exhibition

1995
Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Painting Today (Juried by William Bailey)

1995
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania

25th Annual Juried Show (Juried by Susan Krane)

1995

Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A New Generation

1993

Washington Irving Cultural Center, Madrid, Spain

Solo Exhibition

TEACHING

2009 to Present

Washington Studio School, Washington, D.C.

Courses: Color Theory: Foundations in Painting; Figure Painting

1996 to Present

Art League School, Alexandria, VA

Courses: Basic Drawing; Advanced Drawing; Color Theory: Foundations in Painting; Figure Painting; Self-Portrait Workshop; Developing an Idea Workshop

1996 to 2001

Washington Studio School, Washington, D.C. (Associate Faculty—full time)

Courses: Basic Drawing; Advanced Drawing; Color Theory: Foundations in Painting; Figure Painting

1994 -1995

Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Adjunct)

Course: Painting

1994-1995

Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania (Adjunct)

Courses: Drawing and Painting

1991-1992

School of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington (Graduate Teaching Assistant with own class)

Course: Basic Drawing