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Karen McEndoo

Karen McEndoo

Artist's Profile

Karen McEndoo

Karen lives in Tregony near Truro, Cornwall and spent her early life in several countries in Africa including Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya.
She completed her foundation at North Devon College under the hugely talented Robin Wiggins and Michael Darling and went on to study Graphics and Illustration in Taunton. She spends much of her time walking the North and South Cornish coastlines (the wild cliffs and rich colours reviving memories of Africa) which are often reflected in her work.

Artist's Statement


Work – Inspiration and influences
'Unbound by physical representation, pure abstraction enables me to more fully penetrate the world I inhabit’ K McEndoo


Based in the South West, Karen McEndoo’s work is drawn from the dichotomy of chaos and humanity’s constant search for balance, exploring the diametric of light and dark, existence, non-existence, matter and anti-matter.
One mechanism to achieve this balance is science- a measured interpretation of man’s encounter with the world. The process of abstraction, works similarly as a visual means of navigating these dichotomies.
 Within the abstracted chaos, discernable shapes rise and blur before reaching formation. Sweeps of colour appear removed, as if filtered through a lens, fighting against the black which quietly pervades many of McEndoo’s paintings.
Opposites existing in the physical qualities of paint itself are explored- flat planes are challenged by exposed layering, muddied hues bleed around strong primaries, texture built is at once reduced.

‘Bleary forms abut sharp blocks of colour, generating a sense of movement- a dancing shift in focus. At first seemingly restful, McEndoo’s work is imbued with a taut energy.’
Emma Leaper 2015

McEndoo’s influences are wide but include artists such as Sandra Blow, Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton, Richard Diebenkorn, Marc Chagall, Karen Darling, Nicholas de Stael, Joan Eardley, Scott Bergey, Antoni Tapies and Linda Vachon to name quite a few.




Member of the North Devon Arts Group
Member of Westward Ho and Bideford Art Society
Associate member of Penwith Gallery, St Ives
Member of the Tregony Gallery, Tregony, Roseland Pen

Recent exhibitions
Pydar Gallery, Truro, Members show – August 2013
Burton Art Gallery, Bideford. Christmas Open show – December 2013
Gallery 39, Ongoing exhibiting member from December 2013
Museum of Barnstaple Open show January 2013
Penwith Gallery St. Ives, Associate member Xmas show December 2013
The Plough Charity Art auction- February 2014
North Devon Artists association member – March 2014
Penwith Gallery, St. Ives. Spring show – March 2014
Elected Full member Bideford and Westward Ho! Art society, May 2014
Jessica Dove Gallery, Ilfracombe – May 2014
Penwith Gallery, St. Ives. Associates members Summer show - June 2014
WHoBid Arts, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford. Summer exhibition – June 2014
NDA, Broomhill Sculpture Hotel, Barnstaple Summer exhibition – July 2014
Penwith Gallery, St. Ives. Winter exhibition December 2014
NDA New Year New Work, Broomhill Sculpture gardens - January 2015
Open Art exhibition Barnstaple Museum - January 2015
The Plough Gallery exhibition with Elizabeth Spiers - March/April 2015
WhoBidArts Summer Exhibition at The Burton Gallery, Bideford - July 2015
Affordable Art show at The Penwith Gallery in St Ives - August/September 2015
NDA summer exhibition at The Broomhill Art Hotel - August/September 2015
Broomhill Pop up Exhibition Green Lanes Barnstaple– Current to Dec
Alumni Exhibition at The Goodwin Gallery, Petroc, Barnstaple Sept/Oct 2015
SWAc Exeter Open exhibition September/October 2015
Abstract 7 Inaugural show at the Penwith Gallery St.Ives Oct/Nov 2015
Burton Gallery Winter show November/Dec 2015
Penwith Gallery Assoc and Members Spring Show Feb/April 2016
Tregony Gallery ‘Echoes and Scenes’ April/June 2016
St Ives Society Open Show April/May 2016