Karen Whitman was born in New York City in 1953 and currently lives in Woodstock, New York and New York City. She studied at SUNY Buffalo, the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, Woodstock School of Art and the Art Students League. She is a member of The Society of American Graphic Artists, The Print Club of Albany, The National Association of Women Artists and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.
Whitman’s prints express an exuberance and playfulness of urban life. The chief source of her inspiration is New York City- its architecture, people and all other creatures that inhabit this teeming metropolis. She is a master printmaker working in relief and over the last several years has produced several fine images using the intaglio process. Her skillfully drawn linoleum block prints such as “Dakota Dormers”, together with her precise registration, display her masterful use of this medium. “Columbus Circle” is a fine representation of her skill as an etcher with its rich use of line and tone.
She has won several awars including the Rembrandt Graphic Arts Printmaking Award, Hunterdon Museum, 2001; Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Medal of Honor for Graphics, 1999; and the Lillian Frederick-Fiolic Award, 1999. Karen Whitman is listed in “Who’s Who in American Art” and “Who’s Who of American Women.”
“My studio is in Woodstock, New York, and my images are of, or inspired by New York City, to which I have been closely connected all my life. I sketch on location, creating drawings which will become either black or white or multi-colored images. I print them myself with a hand-cranked horizontal proof press from 1914. The press was designed to proof metal type before it was printed on higher speed presses. This method is now obsolete commercially, but it is perfect for printing mounted linoleum blocks. I like the concept of keeping this machine, a masterpiece of mechanical engineering but outdated for what it was created to do, productive in a modern capacity. The result is good old-fashioned contemporary prints with infinite possibilities."