Karin Davie is a leading artist in the current wave of painting practices transforming the legacy of high modernism to capture the dynamics of contemporary life. Known for her exuberant curvilinear abstractions and undulating “stripes” of hiding and revealing surfaces - Davie expands the notion of what was once described as the “self” in painting. Informed in part by the Post modernist choreographer Trisha Brown, Davie’s work highlights the performance aspect of painting. Her emphasis on seemingly long unbroken brushstrokes mimics her processes evoking a dynamic study of the body, stamina, and memory. Other groups of work, such as the early private performance photographs, sculpture, drawings and multimedia pieces, all offer different views into to the conceptual and aesthetic concerns that drive Davie’s practice.
Karin Davie was born in Toronto, Canada in 1965. She received her BFA degree in 1987 from Queen’s University in Ontario Canada and an MFA in 1989 from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been the subject of a major retrospective at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo in 2006. Other presentation of her work include Other recent presentations of her work include: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2008); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2008); Artnews Projects, Berlin (2008); the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (2007); Mary Boone Gallery, New York (2005 and 2007); Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm (2006); SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico (2004); and Projects 63: Karin Davie, Udomsak Krisanamus, Bruce Pearson, Fred Tomaselli, The Museum of Modern Art, NY ( 1998). The artist lives and works in New York City. She has also been a visiting lecturer at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, and her work has been written about in publications including Art in America, Art Forum, Art News, MOMA Magazine, and Paper Magazine. Davie has received numerous solo exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. She lives and works in New York.