Contemporary collage artist Karen Stamper lives and works in Cambridge, producing bold abstracted paintings in found and painted papers. Her work is inspired by extensive travels, the urban shoreline and the sheer joy of paint and paper collage.
Karen says: "I am drawn to old places, new people and boatyards. My sketchbooks are a memory bank, not just the scene in front of me but all around. Working in collage, combining found papers with layers of painted tissue and acrylic paint to create a vibrant integrated surface, I can create a patchwork of places, people and journeys, all bonded together; some fading, some peeling, some permanent. The slick, the shiny and new make little impression on me; it is the dusty, blistered paint and once loved that catch my attention. Recently I have been drawn to the urban shoreline in the UK, especially the dramatic cranes and docklands."