My name is Karri McPherson and I’m a painter and mural artist based near Sydney in Australia. I have been exploring the field of geometric art for close to five years now, and I absolutely love it. I am passionate about shape, form and colour as these qualities offer an endless amount of potential compositions to explore.
Where are your artistic interests?
I’m really drawn to the visual power of layered shapes. These shapes allow me to explore the manifold qualities of colour by considering how different hues relate to each other and their effect on the perception of viewers. I’m also really interested in the idea of paint being integrated into physical space to transform our perception of the medium. My artwork is heavily inspired by artists such as El Lizzitsky, Kazimir Malevich and Sol LeWitt.
Which style attracts you the most?
Although I only paint geometric shapes, my portfolio of work is very diverse. I generally focus on a specific style or colour combination for a period of time, and once I’ve exhausted that style through multiple painted iterations, I will venture on to explore different areas of geometric abstraction. My works are incredibly hard-edged, and my affiliation with perfectionism lends itself well to my artistic style.
I have many different goals that I plan to achieve throughout my life and career. My next and most immediate goal is to travel to Europe and participate in residencies, workshops and exhibitions to expand both my knowledge and experience of the international geometric art scene.
Tell us a philosophy that you live by
I live by a lot of different philosophies. Perhaps the most prevalent is also the most simplistic; sometimes when you follow your dream, it opens the door for others to be able to follow theirs. My overarching goal in this life is to provide support and opportunities for young artists to pursue their own artistic careers. The arts is a very difficult and competitive industry, so if I can open a door to help someone else pursue their dreams (just like others have done for me), then I will be very satisfied with my achievements.
There is nothing more satisfying than pursuing your passion and making a living from it. For any fellow artists who are reading this and may be struggling with the adversities of this industry, please just keep going. Being an artist is very difficult at times, but adversity can ultimately be so rewarding. I truly believe that if you put your heart and soul into what you create, and if you are both diligent and determined, then you are bound to succeed.
Karri McPherson ★ Artist resume
Karri McPherson has been involved in over forty exhibitions through Australia and the United States, as well as being the recipient of two major art prizes. Throughout the past three years, Karri has painted close to twenty different murals and she has recently been selected to install her first ephemeral public art installation.
Thank you very much, Karri.