I am an artist based in New York City. I'm a printmaker driven by process and materials and I use a variety of techniques including monotypes, lithographs, etchings, linoleum cuts, collagraphs and papermaking. My KAREN J REVIS Studio portfolio comprises abstract works, vibrant with color and texture. In 2017, I started REVISionary Prints to explore my experience growing up in an all black community in the 60’s and being black and existing in today's political climate.
I've been very fortunate to be able to live my passion. I was selected by Colossal Media to collaborate on two murals as the first in their Represent: Black Arts project, with murals in NYC and LA. In 2018 I was accepted into the Robert Blackburn Workshop SIP Fellowship Program and there I gained a wider knowledge and love of printmaking. I learned all that I know about paper though a residency at The Morgan Paper Conservatory, Cleveland, OH; Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD; The Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY; and various workshops at Dieu Donne Paper in Brooklyn, NY. And I've also had the pleasure of working with and learning from some incredible masters of their craft: master printmakers Sheila Marbain and Kathy Caraccio; and Jonathan Wise of Mid-Mark Studio.
An important part of being an artist is having the time to spent alone with your work and I got that opportunity while attending residencies at BACAS, Teggiano, Italy; and Henry Street Settlement, NY, NY. My work is featured in The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium by Joanne Mattera (Watson-Guptill Publications). I hold a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. I serve on the board of the Women’s Studio Workshop and I spend most days in my happy place, my studio in Harlem.