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Born on September 24th 1968 in Val-de-Marne (on the outskirts of Paris), Karen Petit did her preliminary education in the south of France, moving to central France for middle school.
At 21, she moved to the UK to study English, where she passed her 3 exams from Cambridge University, then worked as a hostess at London’s Gatwick airport. After 5 years, she decided to move to Annecy, the city of her heart.

Well known through her past exhibitions in St Barthelemy where she has lived since 2003, Karen, although a young painter, has shared her talent with us for many years. Her training at CEPIADE, Boulogne's school of Decorative Arts (instructed by a teacher of the Van Der Kelen school in Brussels), first led her to decorative art. She passionately studied the techniques of trompe l’oeil, fresco, wood effect and marble effect. Among her numerous works are several of substantial size (up to 7 meters) created for both private collectors and prestigious companies. Her works are found in Paris, Annecy, Montpellier, Geneva, Marrakech, Essaouira, Guadeloupe, Tahiti and in various ski resorts such as Megève, Courchevel 1850, Arcs 1950 as well as in St Barth.

A “painter traveler”, her escapes have inspired a various series of paintings which display her sense of color and composition.Her curious, eager but discreet nature, as well as her taste in decorative art, is represented by these paintings. They demonstrate a sense of outer immensity as viewed from inside. This vision represents a vast, open and sometimes disturbing world.

Her technique and talent captures light and plays with colors in a superb way as seen in the series “Lights and shadows of Sahara” exhibited in St Barth: Bagdad Gallery, La Ronde Des Arts, K'fé Massaï and throughout hotels 4 stars such as the Sereno and Toiny.

The exhibition of march 2009 at the gallery “ La Porte 34”: "Asia's Variations" allows us to discover "her" Asia. Bali, surprised her with a omnipresent mysticism and a call to meditation which affected her artistic representation of it’s many landscapes where an incredible harmony reigns.
What ever the destination, a painter travels seeking new images and colors.
Wanting to further explore this subject, she immersed herself in Mogador Essaouira and the dunes of Merzouga. She trekked by camel to experience the rhythm of the Sahara and bivouacked to savor the dusks of Morocco.Painting publicly for 2 months in the foyer of a 5 star hotel in Marrakech, the Sofitel, allowed her to develop and evolve her latest technique: galvanized metal.
Karen had a permanent exhibition in two galleries located in both Marrakech and Essaouira over one year.
Based now in Paris since the end of 2010, she has focused on the distribution of light, she has chosen a new medium: brushed stainless steel, a contemporary material which allows reflection of light and transparency between her glazes. Also, we can find sometimes, objects, materials besides paint.

                       
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KAREN PETIT - Artiste peintre à Paris / Fine art in Paris - Contact: karenpetit@ymail.com