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Sherry Karver


    Artist Statement

Pushing traditional boundaries of oil painting, photography, and text, I have combined them to create a unique hybrid that confronts today's individual and societal issues so rampant in our fast-paced, impersonal metropolitan areas: alienation, loneliness, loss of identity, history, memory, self-image, and how others view us.

My mixed media, photo-based work originates from photographs I have taken on city streets in New York, Paris, Milan, and in iconic buildings such as Grand Central Terminal and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. These are one-of-a-kind works, not photo editions, and all of the color is hand-painted with oils.

I began writing text over some of the figures in my photos as a way to personalize or individualize them, and make them stand out from the crowd.  These brief narratives about the people are from my imagination, based solely on their appearance or stance. By using text in my work, it adds another layer, and gives the viewer a chance to “experience” the artwork, and become part of the process by reading it. There is a light humor to my work but I ask the spectator to go further and deeper. 

I superimpose these ”biographies” on top of the individuals, almost as if they are wearing their stories like an article of clothing. I give a little bit of fictional history about the person; where they are from, their age, what they do, their hopes, their dreams and aspirations, and often something embarrassing or personal that they would rather not have revealed. The figures are often caught in movement, conveying our individual journeys, where we are all "collectively alone".

I see a connection between photography and history, sometimes combining vintage B&W photos with my contemporary shots, and incorporating ‘ghost-like apparitions’. These figures represent the passage of time – all the people that have been in the exact same place but at a different moment – maybe only five minutes before, or ten years in the future. We are all connected in this time continuum, even if we aren’t aware of it. My work embraces the contemporary non-linear view of time with its randomness, spontaneity, and chance occurrences.

The concept of juxtaposing the past and the present, has led to my interest in photographing people among the ancient sculptures at the Metropolitan Museum, including giving anthropomorphic qualities to the sculptures themselves.

In my work the documentary nature of the B&W photograph merges with the painterly qualities of oil, establishing a dialogue between the two.  I mount my black & white images on top of 2” deep wood panels, and hand paint them with numerous layers of oil glazes to build up the color. The final surface has a glossy UV resin coating so the viewer can see their own reflection, and become ‘part’ of the photo-based work.



M.F.A.                    Tulane University, Newcomb School of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

B.A.                       Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

                              School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois



2018                      Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, California (upcoming)

2017                      Lanoue Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

                              Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2015                      Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California

                              Susan Lanoue Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

2014                      Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England

                              Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2013                      Kim Foster Gallery, New York, New York

                              Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece

2011                      Kim Foster Gallery, New York, New York

                              Peninsula Museum of Art, Belmont, California

2010                      Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

                              Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California

2009                      Kim Foster Gallery, New York, New York

2008                      Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California

                              Kim Foster Gallery, New York, New York

                              Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2007                      Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California

                              Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, California,

2006                      Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California

2005                      Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2004                      LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

                              Kidder Smith Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

                             Sue Greenwood Fine Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

2003                      Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2002                       LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico      

2001                       Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2000                        LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

                              Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, California

1999                      LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1998                      Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, California

1996                      Hebrew Union College, New York, New York

1995                      Berkeley Hillel, Reutlinger Center, Berkeley, California

1993                      Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1992                      Marin Civic Center, First and Third Floor Galleries, San Rafael, California 



 2016                      Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California

                              Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, “Electron Salon”, Los Angeles, California

                              Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, TeXtMe, Santa Ana, California

                              Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, Texas

                              Black Box Gallery, Narrative – People, Places, and Things, Portland, Oregon

2015                      Laguna Art Museum, “Palette to Palate”, Laguna Beach, California

                              Kim Foster Gallery, “Heavy/Lite”, New York, New York

                              Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, ‘Electron Salon’, Los Angeles, California

2012                      Peninsula Museum of Art, Visions and Visionaries, Belmont, California

                              Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, curated by Peter Frank, Los Angeles, California

                              Monmouth Museum, Photography, Lincroft, New Jersey

                              Triton Museum, California Photography, (Juror, Brian Taylor), Santa Clara, California

                              Rarity Gallery, Salon Show, Mykonos, Greece

                              Lisa Harris Gallery, “Wandering”, Photo Exhibit, Seattle, Washington

2011                      Orange County Contemporary Art Center, “Deep”, Curated by Grace Kook Anderson, Santa Ana, California

                              Performance Art Institute, Curated by Hanna Regev, “Surveillance”, San Francisco, California

2010                      Kim Foster Gallery, “Anonymous” curated by Dominick Lombardi, New York, New York

                              Cerritos College, “inscription:Text-Image-Action”, Norwalk, California

                              Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York

2009                      Axiom Gallery, Riders on the Train Project, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

                              de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, “New Media”, Santa Clara, California

2008                      Islip Museum of Art, “Text Messaging”, Long Island, New York

2007                      Ft. Collins Museum Of Contemporary Art, Ft. Collins, Colorado

2006                      Kim Foster Gallery, New York, New York

                              University of Wisconsin, “SuperVision”, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

                              LewAllen Contemporary, “Diptych “ exhibition, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2004                      Reversing Vandalism, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California

2005                      Kidder Smith Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

2003                      Greenwood/Chebithes Gallery (Inaugural exhibition), Laguna Beach, California

                              Center for Photographic Art, juried by Tim Wride and Barbara Sinsheimer, Carmel, California

2002                      Jan Baum Gallery, “Figure It Out”, Los Angeles, California

2001                      Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California

2000                      Crocker Museum of Art, Crocker-Kingsley 72st Biennial Exhibition, Sacramento, California

                               Triton Museum, Shenson Gallery, “Bittersweet Legacy”, Santa Clara, California

                              Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1999                       Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, California

                              Gwenda Jay/Addington Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1998                      Crocker Museum of Art, Crocker-Kingsley 71st Biennial Exhibition, Sacramento, California

                              San Francisco Art Commission Galleries, San Francisco, California

                              Stanford University, Center for Integrated Systems, Stanford, California

1997                      Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California

                              The National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C.

                              Lisa Parker Fine Art, New York, New York

                              Pacific Rim Sculptors Exhibition, San Francisco, California

1996                      University of Judaism, Platt Gallery, Los Angeles, California

                              The National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C.

                              Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1995                      Fletcher Ceramic Challenge, International Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand

                              Exploring a Movement: Feminist Visions in Clay, Downey Museum, Downey, California

1994                      Dorothy McRae Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

                              Downey Museum of Art, Ceramics Now 1994, Downey, California    

1993                      Jewish Museum, "About Face" Exhibition, San Francisco, California

                              Everson Museum of Art, 29th Ceramic National Exhibition,  Syracuse, New York

1992                      San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, 8th Annual Ceramic Competition, San Angelo, Texas

1991                      ART of CALIFORNIA Magazine, Discovery Award Exhibition, Los Angeles, California

                              Downey Museum of Art, Ceramics Now 1991, Downey, California                                                            

1990                      Oakland Museum, "Oakland's Artists", Oakland, California

                              Judah A. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California, Personal Landscapes - Universal Visions



2017, March                                         Nashville Arts Magazine, by Karen Parr-Moody

2016, September                                  Ennyman’s Territory, Interview, Art and Life in the City

2015, June                                           Cover and Review, ArtScene, (Southern California), by Daniella Walsh

2014, June                                           NewCity Art by Michael Weinstein

2014, May                                            What Will You Remember by Elin Spring

2013, May                                   and by Janet Alexander

2012, December                          , Newcastle, England

2012, October                                      Cover, Coast Magazine, Southern California

2011, November                          (Global Art Laid Out) by Nicole Bonosccuro

2010, August                                       The Seattle Times, Review by Michael Upchurch

2010, September                                 The Best of World Wide Mixed Media, Volume 1, Kennedy Publishing

2010, August                                       Visual Art Source, Review by Laura Macomber

2009, October                            , Interviewby Lorenzo Dominguez

2009, September                                   Cover, Coast Magazine, Orange County, California

2009, May-June                                    Art Ltd. Magazine, “Under the Radar”, Review by Roberta Carasso

2008, September                                  Orange County Register, Review by Roberta Carasso                                       

2008, April                                            New.York.Art.Crit: John Haber’s Art Reviews, “Rush Hour”, New York

2008, April                                            Chelsea Flaneur,

2007, February                                     North Coast Journal, Eureka, CA,  Review by Katherine Almy

2006, August                                       American Art Collector, National Magazine, Arizona

2006, Summer                                      Cover, Orange County Kids Magazine, Orange County, California

2006, January                                      San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, San Francisco, California

2006, Winter                                         LILITH Magazine, New York

2005, December                                    HOMEOWNER HAIKU, Co-author w/Jerry Ratch

2005, September                                   THE Magazine, Poetry/Photo Issue, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2005, Fall                                             LILITH Magazine, New York

2005                                                    Cover, CITY ECONOMICS by Brendan O’Flaherty, Harvard University Press

2005, Feb.-March                                  THE Magazine, Photo Issue, Santa Fe, New Mexico

  •                                                  Cover, LET’S DO, by Rebecca Meacham, University of North Texas Press

2004, July                                             The Boston Globe, Boston, MA

2004, April                                            SLATE, on-line magazine, Reversing Vandalism, by Lisa Davis

2003                                                    100 ARITISTS OF THE WEST COAST, Douglas Bullis, Atelier Books

2003, August                                       LOS ANGELES TIMES, Review by Bobbie Allen

2003                                                    Cover, POPULATION CHANGE IN CANADA, Beaujot & Kerr, Oxford University

2003                                                    SOCIOLOGY, John Macionis, Prentice Hall                                          

2003 May                                             SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, Review by Victoria Josslin              

2002, Fall                                            LILITH Magazine, New York

2002, May                                            The New Mexican, Pasatiempo, Review by Lynn Cline

2002, June                                          THE Magazine, by Jon Carver, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2002, June                                           The New Mexican, Pasatiempo, Artwalker by Hollis Walker

2001, Dec.-Jan.                                     ARTWEEK, Cover & Review, by Victoria Josslin

2001, Oct.                                            ART ACCESS, Review by Molly Rhodes

2001                                                   Cover, WILD DREAMS OF REALITY by Jerry Ratch, Creative Arts Books

  •                                                 Cover, AGAINST ESSENTIALISM, by Stephen Fuchs, Harvard University Press

2001                                                   Cover, The Green Hills Literary Lantern

2001                                                   Bittersweet Legacy by C.Brody                         

2001, Spring                                        Cover, LILITH magazine, New York                  

  •                                                  NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS, Pacific Coast edition

2000, Nov.                                           THE magazine, Review by Diane Armitage, Santa Fe, NM                                 

1999, April                                            Santa Fean magazine

1998                                                    NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS, Pacific Coast                            

1998, April                                            Sacramento Bee                                             

1998, April                                            Sacramento News & Review                             

1997, Fall, Spring 1996                         LILITH magazine, New York                                         

1997, October                                      Oakland Tribune          

1996,  1994, 1991                                Ceramics Monthly

1994, Sept., 1993,  1990, April              Artweek


2017                      Photography Juror, Alameda County Fair

2016                      Triton Museum of Art, Award Winner painting, Santa Clara, California

                              Visual Arts Alliance Award Winner, Houston, Texas

2015                      Crocker Art Museum, Lecture, Sacramento, California

2014                      Top two Finalist, Cherryland Fire Station, Cherryland, California

2012                      Honorable Mention, Triton Museum, Photography show, Santa Clara, California

2007                      Santa Cruz Museum Of Art, Lecture, Santa Cruz, California

                              Ft. Collins Museum of Art, Lecture, Ft. Collins, Colorado

2005                       Short List Finalist, Los Angeles Metro Station Project, Los Angeles, California          

2004                      Short List Finalist, Oakland Airport Project, Oakland, California

2003                      Chosen to be part of “100 Artists of the West Coast” by Douglas Bullis

1998                      Crocker Museum of Art, Crocker-Kingsley Biennial, monetary award, Sacramento, California

1998                      Pacific Rim Sculptors Group, Panel, San Francisco, California

1994                      Silver Award in mixed media, Art Of California Magazine, Napa, California



Sherry Karver's work is in over 175 private, museum, and corporate collections

Triton Art Museum                                            Santa Clara, CA

Crocker Museum of Art                                      Sacramento, CA

Rockford Art Museum                                        Rockford, IL

Hyundai Corporation                                          Seoul, Korea

Peninsula Art Museum                                      Belmont, CA                            

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History                  Santa Cruz, CA                        

City of Richmond, City Hall                                Richmond, CA                         

Earthcam Inc.                                                   Hoboken, NJ                           

Alameda County Art Commission                       Oakland, CA                            

Merck Pharmaceutical                                      Philadelphia, PA                                  

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center           Seattle, WA                             

Deloitte & Touche                                             Seattle, WA                             

San Francisco City Hall, Asst. City Attorney        San Francisco, CA                   

Copan Corporation                                           Seattle, WA                             

Voyager Capital                                                Seattle, WA                             

Rhoda Goldman Plaza                                       San Francisco, CA                   

Corporate Net Leasing at City Commons            Orlando, FL                             

United Airlines                                                  San Francisco, CA                   

Apple Corporation,                                            Cupertino, CA                          

Adobe Corporation                                           Mountain View, CA                  

Temple Sinai                                                    Oakland, CA                            

Kaiser Hospital                                                 Martinez, CA                            

AT&T                                                               Houston, TX                

Temple Isaiah                                                   Los Angeles, CA

Pacific Gas & Electric                                         San Ramon, CA

Kaiser Hospital                                                  Mountain View, CA

Harrison Museum of Art                                     Logan, Utah

Boston Medical Center                                      Boston, MA                     

Willow Pass Rec. Center                                    Concord, CA

DPR Construction                                             Redwood City, CA

Life Scan Corporation                                       Milpitas, CA

ESL Corporation                                               Santa Clara, CA

Cal. State Teachers Retirement Assoc.             Sacramento, CA

Kemper Tool Company                                     Chino, CA

Bemidji State University                                    Bemidji, MN

Louisiana Craft Council                                     New Orleans, LA

Varian Corporation                                           Palo Alto, CA