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Karen Turner

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Emerging Artist
Karen Turner is known for her award-winning portrait paintings celebrating larger bodies.
Karen’s artwork subverts the traditionally narrow view of who can be considered beautiful.
Karen’s paintings were selected for the Portraits for NHS Heroes Exhibition, 2020.

Born in London in 1978, Suffolk-based artist Karen Turner is known for her award-winning figure and portrait paintings. Her oil works commonly offer a commentary on the weight of expectations. Karen studied in Geneva before returning to the UK to attend Hampstead Fine Arts College in London.

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

Since returning to art in 2020, Karen has been awarded the President's Prize by the Institute of East Anglian Artists, the Professional Artist Award by the Visual Artists Association, and the Art Fluent Evolution Grant. She was a finalist in the Theo Paphitis Art Prize, the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize, the Women United Art Prize, and shortlisted for the New Emergence Art Prize. Karen exhibited at The Other Art Fair London in 2023 and 2022 - in 2022, she was among the Fair Director's Picks. The same year, Karen participated in an Art on a Postcard auction.

Fashion and Fine Art Photographers Inez and Vinoodh recently invited Karen to join Double Dutch, an online charity gifting platform. On the cause-gifting site, her works feature alongside pieces from Cindy Sherman, Gary Hume, Es Devlin, and Lady Gaga.

Karen Turner Artworks

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    Flesh Study #1 by Karen Turner
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    Flesh Study #1 by Karen Turner

    Flesh Study #1

    Paintings - 26x31 cmRent for $40 /mo
    Just Stand in the Light #1 by Karen Turner
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    Just Stand in the Light #1 by Karen Turner

    Just Stand in the Light #1

    Paintings - 31x31 cmRent for $40 /mo
    Are There Any Questions? by Karen Turner
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    Are There Any Questions? by Karen Turner

    Are There Any Questions?

    Paintings - 45x35 cmRent for $70 /mo
    Trixie by Karen Turner
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    Trixie by Karen Turner

    Trixie

    Paintings - 45x35 cmRent for $70 /mo
    You're Being Irrational by Karen Turner
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    You're Being Irrational by Karen Turner

    You're Being Irrational

    Paintings - 40x30 cmRent for $75 /mo
    So Sensitive by Karen Turner
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    So Sensitive by Karen Turner

    So Sensitive

    Paintings - 40x30 cmRent for $75 /mo
    Such a Bitch by Karen Turner
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    Such a Bitch by Karen Turner

    Such a Bitch

    Paintings - 90x50 cm
    Not Merely Different But Opposite by Karen Turner
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    Not Merely Different But Opposite by Karen Turner

    Not Merely Different But Opposite

    Paintings - 40x30 cmRent for $105 /mo
    Cheer Up by Karen Turner
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    Cheer Up by Karen Turner

    Cheer Up

    Paintings - 50x40 cm
    Too Intense by Karen Turner
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    Too Intense by Karen Turner

    Too Intense

    Paintings - 50x40 cm
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    Calm Down by Karen Turner

    Calm Down

    Paintings - 90x50 cm
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    Light in the Study by Karen Turner

    Light in the Study

    Paintings - 40x30 cm
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    An Infinite Number of Anonymous Eyes by Karen Turner

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