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Artist - Karl Stern

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Karl Stern is a Scottish European living in Edinburgh and has been an avid collector of art for several years and started practising art in 2012.

He attended Leith School of Art in Edinburgh and has found particular interest in the development of collagraphic plates as works of art.

These unusual and original designs are inspired by characters or landscapes drawn from life. Many have a humorous, pensive or dark edge to them. All reflect Karl’s continuing interest in people, environs, and what lies beneath the surface.

Before becoming a full time artist, Karl’s work and life experience included running bookshops, a wildlife park, collecting snakes, managing record shops and bars before serving several years in local government management.

Karl Stern’s works are inspired by his travels and the people he meets. Working on card and drawing with a blade the surface is textured and then painted with shellac. One type of shellac can lend a golden/wooden tone to the card. Or clear shellac is used with mixed pigments to colour. Once hardened the image is used to make up to 4 unique prints. The hand printing process adds ink deposits into the painting to finish the work. Both the paintings and the collagraph prints are available.

In 2013 Karl’s work was first selected for show in both the RGI and RSA Open shows. In 2014 he won the PAI Small Painting Prize and has been selected annually since for open shows at PAI, RGI or RSA since.

Available Work

Fallen Church near Frechou - £475 - 75cm by 49cm - Sold

Among the Pines - £275 - 46cm by 38cm - Sold

Dilapidated Pier, Hofn - £395 - 34cm by 33cm - Sold

Taking a Break - £475 - 40cm by 35cm

Sugar Leaf - £195 - 13cm by 14cm

Body and Light - £295 - 29cm by 21cm

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