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Karen Ösp Pálsdóttir

1992, Reykjavík, Iceland. Lives and works in New York City

Karen Ösp Pálsdóttir received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. Karen Ösp Pálsdóttir has exhibited in solo exhibitions in Iceland and numerous group exhibitions in the US. Karen Ösp Pálsdóttir’s paintings investigate fractions of female subjects, rendered in Cobalt Blue oil paint. Adding a botanical element to the work using a collage-like approach, she crops the reference imagery of female subjects and overlays them with botanical compositions captured in nature. By painting botanical compositions in blue, Karen Ösp Pálsdóttir explores the historical context that early humans are considered not to have made distinctions between the colors green and blue due to the rarity of blue in nature. Accumulated layers of oil paint leave visible traces of the process while creating a life-like depth in the portraits.

Karen Pálsdóttir

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2021 – [forthcoming] Þula Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland 
  • 2015 – Halleluwah, Mengi, Reyavkjík, Iceland

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

  • 2021 – Togetherness & Oneness, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York 
  • 2020 – As inside So outside, YNGSPC, Juried Online Exhibition

  • 2019 – Make Your Mark, The Fridge, Washington, DC
2017 – Four Generations of Icelandic Art, The Icelandic Embassy, Washington, DC 
  • 2016 – Launch Pad, Gateway Gallery, Baltimore, MD  
  • 2014 – Thesis Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

  • 2013 – Félag Íslenskra Listamanna Erlendid, Kaffistofa Gallery, Reykajvík, Iceland 
  • 2013 – On Loan Exhibition; Formality, Area 405, Baltimore, MD
2013 – Disegno 6: Traveling Drawing Exhibition: MICA, USC, MCAD, KCAI
2012 – Themes and Narrative Exhibition, Fox 2 Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Awards & Residencies

  • 2013 – Distinguished International Student Award

  • 2012 – General Fine Arts Department Recognition of Achievement Award
  • 2010 – Presidential Scholarship

  • 2010 – National Arts Honors Society Grant

Press & Publications

  • 2021 – Coronart, Ludwig Rage Club, Book

  • 2020 – LED Baltimore, Billboard

  • 2018 – New American Paintings, Issue #126, Print 
  • 2016 – SFMOMA, Blog


2013 BFA Maryland Institute College of Art

Works by Karen Ösp Pálsdóttir

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