K A R I N   G I E L E N

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Karin Gielen "Diving Deep" acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Karin Gielen "Wings with My Milk Today" acrylic on canvas, 48 x 55"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Karin Gielen "I Never Saw It Coming" acrylic on canvas, 48 x 55"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Karin Gielen "I Felt It All Along" (sold) acrylic on canvas, 48 x 55"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Karin Gielen "It Should Have Been Cold" acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Karin Gielen "Don't Come Too Close" acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Karin Gielen "Diamonds" acrylic on canvas, 43 x 77"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Karin Gielen "No Balloons Today" acrylic on canvas, 35 x 48"


KARIN GIELEN constructs a visual language based on intuition, unconscious lingerings and unpredictable outcomes. With a creative spontaneity, she aims to express the fleetingness of thoughts, emotions and actions, continuously questioning the significance of them all. Karin's vocabulary embraces different media, exploring the possibilities of their intermixture and the effect they have on each other. Broad confident brush strokes are juxtaposed with fragile pencil lines. Painterly passion and constant uncertainty are equally present. 

Many of her works evolve around a compositional silence in the middle of the painting. White paint pushing marks to the side of the canvas, as if needing this void to compensate for the emotionally charged traces that remain. Colors are whispering towards the edges of the canvas like a storm around its eye. The core of her work seems to be finding a balance between the fast sequence of opposing and overlapping marks and the need to return to silence and withdrawal.

Karin has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows across Belgium, the Netherlands and in the United States. Her paintings are kept in private collections in both Europe and the USA. She holds a BFA in Art History from the Ghent University, Belgium and a BFA in painting from the Painting Academy St. Lucas, Belgium.