Karen Salem is an American screen-printing artist Inspired by nostalgic symbolism and the splendor of nature. She transforms images familiar and rare into stunning interpretations of bold color and raw emotional impact.
Her interest in iconic subjects avoids the pitfalls of cliche. Considered by some to represent her torment over the contrast between superficiality of American pop culture and conservation of the natural environment.
“I believe original art in the home can kinder the spirit, ignite action and enrich lives.”
Her handmade printmaking allows a diverse range of surfaces for production, and with it breaking up the border between consumerism and the bubble of fine art editions.
Acquiring her process from a curator at the Andy Warhol Museum. Having grown up in the same neighborhood, she became inspired by his work, constructing silk screens as a teenager. Layering black ink over colorful, abstract paintings leaving a translucent melding of mediums.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries, fairs, interior designer showrooms, and private collections in major hubs such as New York, Santa Fe, Austin, Miami, London, Sydney and Dubai. Some of her clients include The Houston Rodeo, King Ranch, Four Seasons Resort Dallas, Horseshoe Bay, Baylor Scott & White Hospital, Taylor Morrison Homes, and Caribbean Cruise Line.