Karen Loader graduated with an MA in Fine Art from the City & Guilds of London Art School in 2017. She was subsequently shortlisted for the Herbert Smith Freehills Graduate Art Prize in 2017 and the Collyer Bristow Graduate Award in 2018. Her installation “KLAW II” was selected for the Bow Arts exhibition ‘Hereafter’ in 2017 and she had her first solo exhibition at Highgate Gallery at HLSI in the same year. Previously she received a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art from the University of East London in 1999 and since then has taken part in numerous group shows and art fairs. She was invited to participate in an Open Lab session at Barbican Guildhall in 2014 and over the past decade she has co-curated several large group exhibitions in London, Sofia, Florence and Berlin on behalf of Candid Arts Trust.
Karen's current work explores everyday rhythmic variations in the urban environment and how these can trigger associations that connect with inner psychological states and memories. Her beautiful work uses geometry and colour to create a visual dynamic that is non-representational, but more about the perception of space in relation to place.