Rejecting Social Expectations with Karen Turner
Karen examines the inherent social bias against fat women, using her paintings to subvert the traditionally narrow view of who can be considered beautiful. She sensitively presents her subjects in a way that normalises and celebrates larger bodies. A liberating rawness and expansiveness extend across her figurative works, beckoning viewers to embrace every curve, fold, and angle of her models.
Awards and Exhibitions
In 2020, the Portraits for NHS Heroes Exhibition presented her work and featured it in the accompanying Bloomsbury book. In May 2021, she won the President's Prize at the Institute of East Anglian Artists Open Exhibition. Karen was a finalist in the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2021 and on the shortlist for both the New Emergence Art Prize 2022 and the Women United Art Prize 2021. In March 2022, she exhibited at The Other Art Fair in London, selected as the Fair Director's Pick.