Kari Bienert
Kari Bienert
Kari Bienert
Kari Bienert
Shamans Prayer (2008)
oil on linen
62cm x 92cm


shamans Prayer
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Sydney Siren (2007)
oil on linen
72cm x 193cm


Sydney Siren
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The Thirty Six Secrets (2015)
Oil on canvas
120cm x 120cm


The Thirty Six Secrets
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Andre & Newtown (2007)
Oil on canvas
72cm x 193cm


Andre & Newtown
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KARI BIENERT

Kari Bienert is an Australian Colour field painter with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of South Australia. She grew up in the Adelaide hills, South Australia, and over the last 15 years has travelled and painted extensively in the U.S. and Europe (France, England, Italy and Greece), she has just returned to Australia after four years in Asia (Malaysia). Kari’s practice is inspired by both the magic of the organic world from the macro and micro levels as well as the influence of technology on the way we visualize and understand reality.

Sourcing inspiration from within, she dives into her abstract world, articulating her adventures with undulating colours, shapes and patterns. A studio based artist, she works primarily with oil on canvas, in which her labor-intensive and intuitive process produce brightly coloured, sometimes tactile paintings that can also be sculptural. Oils prepared studiously before their application, by combining a number of paints, are carefully applied in a practice governed by abstract rules and introspective negotiations. Avoiding prior digital sketches, Kari relies on quick decisions and instinct. The process is a balance between physical motor skills and mental power, in which the brush becoming more than a tool, is an extension of her body that is intuitively guided by the beat of her heart, as well as the quiet melody in her head.

Kari’s visual language implies the pixilation of the organic world. Working in a similar vein as individuals with synesthesia and inspired by Op art, Colour Field paintings and Lyrical Abstraction, she weaves visual poetry that sings her inner world, populated by strange protagonists and perplexing landscapes. Elementary geometric shapes such as triangles and rectangles and magnified single-celled microorganisms thrive harmoniously in the same graphic plane. The visual rhythms conjured through formal arrangements of shapes are somehow simultaneously organic and artificial, bringing to mind the movement of natural energies as well as the pace of fast-moving urban commercial signage. With energetic allover compositions, her scenes appear as though they expand beyond the boundaries of the picture frame, making reference to both the expansive universe and the mysterious microscopic realm.