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Karel Funk
Koerner Artist in Residence 2017-18

Fine Art (Visual Art) Program, Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario

The Fine Art Program (Visual Art) at Queen’s University is very pleased to present Karel Funk, a major Canadian visual artist who is highly respected and internationally active. Funk has been invited to Queen’s as the 2017-2018 Koerner Artist-in-Residence. All are welcome to attend the public events and admission is free.

Image © Karel Funk, courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

Public Lecture
As part of the Queen’s Koerner Artist in Residence Program, there will be an illustrated public lecture by Karel Funk on his works on Tuesday, March 6, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Bio Sciences Complex, Room 1102.

Artist Presentation & Reception
The Agnes Etherington Art Centre will present a public talk by Queen’s Koerner Artist-in-Residence, Karel Funk, on the evening of Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00pm. A reception will follow.

Karel Funk is a painter who has spent the last decade investigating the possibilities of figurative portraits that make a bridge between historical signifiers, the dominant being renaissance portraiture, and contemporary urbanism. Using acrylic paint Funk builds his portraits carefully layering with a glazing technique, often taking months to complete one work.

Karel Funk lives and works in Winnipeg, Canada, having earned his BFA from the University of Manitoba in 1997 and an MFA from Columbia University in New York in 2003. He has had three solo shows at 303 Gallery in New York, two museum shows and has participated in several group shows in North America and abroad. His work is in the collections of major institutions such as the Guggenheim, Whitney Museum and the National Gallery of Canada, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In late Spring of this year, Funk will have his first solo exhibition at the Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco.

In 2016 Funk was the subject of a museum retrospective held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. As the first true survey of his work, the retrospective brought together paintings from across North America. Here the subtle evolution of Funk’s practice was explored, beginning with the artist’s meditative portraits of hooded figures, which were responses to conflicting senses of the intimacy and anonymity that he experienced on New York subways. In his more recent work, the human form is abandoned and replaced by images of bundled, crumpled, and knotted outerwear. The figures that populate most of Funk’s paintings exude a silent contemplation that places them in dialogue with the post-humanist figurative painting tradition: from the Italian and Northern Renaissance to Photorealism.

A fully-illustrated catalogue accompanied the Winnipeg Art Gallery exhibition, along with a new documentary on the artist directed by Caelum Vatnsdal. Karel Funk (untitled) which explored Funk's art and inspirations, documenting the completion of one painting from start to finish, and following him through streets and galleries in New York.

The Koerner Artist in Residence program is an annual professional residency in the FineArt Program (Visual Art) at Queen’s University. The residency program provides students with unique access to mentorship and learning from an artist of national and international stature, and the artist the occasion to share their expertise with the next generation of artists. For Kingston and area community members, the program offers a platform whereby contemporary art is shared and articulated. The residency is an integrated itinerary of studio time with one-to-one student critiques, seminars, class visits and public lectures. These all contribute to building relationships with students, faculty and members of the Kingston arts community.

This artist residency is made possible by the generous support of the Koerner Foundation.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Anweiler,







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