Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Karen Landrigan has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.
Karen was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #4. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature. Below are Karen's Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.
I was born in the city of St. John’s on the island of Newfoundland, Canada. I grew up on the shores of a lake and learned to swim at a very young age. All of my fondest memories always include water. If I have a first love it is mathematics. My fascination with numbers and calculation led me into the engineering program at Memorial University in Newfoundland. After two years of studying engineering, I left to attend the Alberta College of Art where I studied Visual Communications. After graduating, I got a job in advertising and went on to earn my living in corporate graphic design, including developing corporate identities for some of the largest corporations in Canada. When I moved to the United States in 2007, I took several classes at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, where I currently live, and focused my studies on designing and producing handmade jewelry. As time permits, I continue to create unique handmade jewelry today. Painting is the current love of my creative life. I am an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists.
I've dealt with a great deal of adversity over the years and even now, at times I feel as though I exist in a strange state somewhere between life and death. For me, everything changed in an instant, yet my life continues. Today, I find myself living an entirely new existence in what seems like in an entirely new universe. Encouraged to paint by a dear friend and mentor who has always admired my creative abilities, this new reality has become the backdrop for my art. My first painting, called “Soaring”, is a close-up of a figure swimming in water with her back to the viewer, taken entirely out of context, and painted in such a way that we really don't know where she's going or how she's getting there. She could be flying; she could be dying. And this is what my art as well as my existence is about–whether to fly or die. I choose to fly.
My portrait sketches represent my lighter, humorous, more whimsical and spontaneous side. I create them mainly at night after a long day of painting, having left the studio and relaxing around the house. They just make me laugh, and the reason for their being is no more complicated than that.
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WASHINGTON, DC – January 25, 2016 - / Karen Landrigan has been chosen as the top award recipient of the EveryLife Foundation’s Rare Artist Contest. Selected by committee from more than 275 entries, Landrigan’s painting titled ‘Roaring’ was chosen as the foundation’s winner for 2015.
The award recipient is selected by a panel of rare disease community leaders and Landrigan’s winning entry will be on display at the annual Rare Artist Reception, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. on February 29th to March 3rd 2016.
The EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases is non-profit society dedicated to accelerating biotech innovation for rare disease treatments through science-driven public policy. Currently, there are fewer than 400 approved treatments for 7,000 rare diseases affecting more than 30 million Americans. The science exists for many of these diseases to be treated; however, treatments may never be developed because of roadblocks in the development process, such as a lack of investment and a challenging regulatory environment. The Foundation works with Patient Organizations, Industry, Academic Scientists, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve the clinical development process.
The EveryLife Art Contest was established to exhibit the unique gifts of individuals affected by rare diseases and to promote the expression of their stories through art.
About the Artist:
Landrigan suffered a severe stroke three years ago and is diagnosed with the rare condition of fibromuscular dysplasia. After 30 years as a designer, innovator, metalsmith, Landrigan now devotes herself almost exclusively to painting. Newfoundland born, she is also an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists. Landrigan’s first canvas drew rave reviews and she has been an online sensation since her paintings began to appear in public a year ago.
When asked about the award Landrigan said “The Ocean which is my first love has an unconquerable roar. I have tried to capture that in my work. In the words of the poem Invictus “I am master of my fate, I am captain of my soul”. I want everyone to have that unconquerable feeling, especially those with a rare and severe disease.