About - Karen Petty   ...an artist in Laguna

Karen Petty Sawdust Festival
EDUCATION
ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO and independent study.

EXHIBITIONS
1991- 2015 LAGUNA BEACH ART FESTIVALS
1989 GALLERY 57 – INTIMATE SPACES
1989 – LOS ANGELES ART GALLERY
1988 – HUNTINGTON BEACH CULTURAL CTR.
1988 – STUDIO WINSTON, One man show
1983-86 FOUNTAIN HILLS GREAT EIGHT
1979 – ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, GALLERY

MUSEUMS
1978 – ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO GALLERY
Selected as an up and coming new Chicago artist
1994-2009 – LAGUNA BEACH ART MUSEUM
“Untitled, Untethered”
KAREN PETTY GIRL BOOK
AWARDS, LECTURES & HONORS
1975 – CLC UNDERGRADUATE, 1st, drawing
1978 – MCHENRY ART SHOW, Award of Excellence
1979 – ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, Selected Artist
1980 – WEST CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL, Lecture
1980 – ALGONQUIN ART SHOW, 1st Oil
1980 – BARRINGTON FINE ARTS SHOW, 1st Oil
1989 – GALLERY 57 – INTIMATE SPACES
1981 – 25th COUNTRY ART SHOW, 2nd, Oil
1981 – MCHENRY ART SHOW, 1st Oil
1981 – BELVIDERE ART SHOW, 1st Oil, Best of Show
1983 – FOUNTAIN HILL ARTS SHOW, 3rd Oil
1986 – FOUNTAIN HILLS ART SHOW, 1st Oil
1990 – IRVINE FINE ARTS SHOW, 3rd Oil

“I am a Leo. Most of my nourishment comes from a defiance of conformity.
I was born in, (who cares).
It was decided I would paint and I started just after birth.
I feel comfortable provoking independent definitions,
and bask in the enlightened.
Reaching inside our souls is my inspiration.
Take me if you will.
I will gather from all of you what makes Us grow.”

Pinups George Petty
George Petty basically invented the “Pin Up” girl, and I and my family did not know we were related until they did a family tree in the mid 90’s.

I started painting women from a woman’s point of view in the early 90’s so it was very coincidental, or as some would say ‘written in my DNA’ to be selected to stream it into the Universe.

There really is no choice and it only reassures my intuitive sense of direction.

After reading this book about George Petty, I find many similarities ~ especially the stubborn, rule-breaker parts.

He was way before his time and I take great pride to find out we are related.

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