Karen Whitman

Bearsville, NY




Karen Whitman is a Woodstock, NY printmaker, specializing in the linocut cityscape. She has a BFA degree in Printmaking from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo and has also studied at The Art Students League of New York. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and has won numerous regional and national awards, including seven national Medals of Honor. Karen is a member of The Society of American Graphic Artists and The Allied Artists of America.

Whitman’s prints can be found in the collections of the British Museum, The Institute of Fine Arts in Taipei, Taiwan, The Portland Art Museum in Oregon, The Museum of the City of New York, The New York Public Library, and The New-York Historical Society, among others. The linocuts of Karen Whitman were featured in the December 2002 issue of American Artist Magazine, in the October 2019 issue of Journal of The Print World, and she is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in America. She was also a recipient of the Clark Hulings Fund Fellowship in 2019.

“Although I live and work in Woodstock, New York, my linoleum block prints are primarily of or inspired by New York City, where I lived for eighteen years. My images express my exuberance and affection for city life, as I am inspired by its people and all the other creatures that inhabit its sidewalks and rooftops, and its architecture, with the leaning and swaying buildings often playing the central characters. I portray the city as positive, accessible, and beautiful, even playful; but inadvertently, a sense of mystery arises from the juxtaposition of the whimsical with a touch of foreboding. The city embodies both at once, which is why it inspires me and is the primary subject of my work.”

Rooftop Rhythms, linocut, 18″ x 23-7/8″
Backyards in Winter, linocut, 36″ x 20-5/8″
Fantasia on Brooklyn, linocut, 35-3/8″ x 23″