Karen Kilimnik

Born 1955 in Philadelphia, PA
Lives and works in Philadelphia, PA

Temple University, Philadelphia 1974-76


Karen Kilimnik is known as much for her paintings influenced by traditions of Romantic painting, portraiture and landscape, as she is for her late 80’s/early 90’s Scatter Art installations, such as “The Hellfire Club The Avengers”. Her work constantly merges from popular culture to Old Master paintings, via television shows, movies, books, magazines, animal portraits and fairytales, in which the lives of animals are equal to that of human beings. “guarding the flowers and lunch” is a tondo painting of two different types of finches, catching its characters in the midst of discussing concerns shared across species. “Throughout, a reworking of cultural codes and mores reveals an artistic realm where a mystical past is consciously evoked in the present, veiled in an air of earnest mystery and delight.”


Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Sprüth Magers, London, UK


Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy
Graphische Sammlung das ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Fondazione Di Vignola. Italy
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Guggenheim, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY