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KARENA DE PONT

KARENA DE PONT

Painting & Sculpture

Artist Bio:

Karena de Pont is a visual artist whose body of work is an assemblage of different expressions from abstract acrylic paintings through to contemporary oil paintings, to sculpture, and more; whatever works best to bring her vision to life. Whatever the medium used, colour, texture, and the interplay of light are always a consideration in her work.

Covid lockdowns forced Karena to look at what she had at home that could be used as a foundation for her paintings and this exploration is the starting point for three series of work:
BURNT OFFERING series uses charred recycled cedar boards made up into panels for her abstract acrylic paintings which transition with the application of intense heat, causing paint to bubble, colours to shift and the cedar boards to crackle and char. This metamorphosis is a testimony to sacrifice, transition, and transformation, echoing burnt offerings in the past.
ISLANDS series use recycled pine batons in this mixed media 2D wall hung sculptures. This series celebrates what islands mean to us in Aotearoa New Zealand.
FLUID series started with stacks of photo paper accumulated over years of buying printers. This series of acrylic ink works represents a conscious effort to relinquish control and embrace the untamed. It

Karena is based in Mahurangi West, north of Auckland, New Zealand. For all enquiries regarding her art practice, work, or commissions, please contact her directly.

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BURNT OFFERING #10 - Mesa Verde, New Mexico
© Karena de Pont 2023
Acrylic on Charred Cedar Recycled Boards
H1090mm x W1210mm

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BURNT OFFERING 1
© Karena de Pont 2022
Acrylic on Charred Cedar
H1650mm x W1090mm

LITTLE BARRIER/TE HAUTURU O TOI 2
© Karena de Pont 2023 
Mixed Media 2D Wall Sculpture
H475mm x W1380mm

LITTLE BARRIER/TE HAUTURU O TOI 2
© Karena de Pont 2023
Mixed Media 2D Wall Sculpture
H475mm x W1380mm

SADDLE ISLAND 3/TE HAUPA 
© Karena de Pont 2023 
Detail, Mixed Media 3D Wall Sculpture
H375mm x W1140mm

SADDLE ISLAND 3/TE HAUPA
© Karena de Pont 2023
Detail, Mixed Media 3D Wall Sculpture
H375mm x W1140mm

Galleries:

Exhibitions:

    2023 Mangawhai Artist Gallery - No Limits group show
    2023 Kaipara District Council rooms
    2023 NorthArt Members show
    2023 Mangawhai Artist Gallery - 3D Sculpture show
    2023 Finalist in the 9th Hibiscus & Bays Art Awards
    2023 Mahurangi Artist Studio Trail & Members Showcase Exhibition
    2022 Browne School of Art Gallery - "Meraki"- Members show
    2022 Mahurangi Artist Studio Trail
    2022 Browne School of Art Gallery – “Crackerjack”- Members show
    2020 Browne School of Art Gallery – “Passel”- Members show
    2019 Finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Painting Award, Whakatane Museum
    2019 Browne School of Art Gallery – “Same But Different” – Members show
    2019 Browne School of Art Gallery – “This Is Us” group show
    2017 Finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Painting Award, Whakatane Museum
    2017 NorthArt Gallery – “Assembly” group show
    2017 Unity Building – “Unity” group show - Auckland City Council Art Week
    2017 Browne School of Art – Painting 4 – End of Year Exhibition
    2016 MARTakana Art Exhibition
    2016 Browne School of Art – Painting 4 – End of Year Exhibition
    2015 Browne School of Art – Painting 3 – End of Year Exhibition
    2014 Browne School of Art – Painting 2 – End of Year Exhibition
    2012 Artstation - Foundation Year 1 - End of Year Exhibition
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