Featured Artists Article
By Renee Phillips
Kari Bienert is an Australian painter who excels in the use of color configurations and the art of transforming geometric and curvilinear forms. She explores the unlimited potentiality of chromatic and tonal scales, visual planes and volume within a two-dimensional framework. Viewing her dynamic and exuberant works of art is an exciting kinetic experience.
About Kari Bienert
Bienert grew up in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia and received her Bachelor of Visual Arts degree from the University of South Australia. During the past 15 years she has traveled and painted extensively in the U.S. and Europe including France, England, Italy and Greece. She has recently returned to Australia after four years in Malaysia.
Her many one-person and group exhibitions include those at Worth Gallery and BMG Gallery, in Adelaide; and Flinders Street Gallery, in Sydney. Her artwork is in numerous private and public collections internationally including Artbank and Macquarte University. We welcome her as a Featured Artist on the Manhattan Arts International curated invitational online gallery, New York, NY.
Her Passion For Colors and Patterns
As a Color Field painter Bienert pursues color relationships with fervor. Her color palette is innovative and complex. She mixes more than 25 different oil paints to create every color in her painting.
Due to the large scale of her paintings, her pictorial scheme appears to extend beyond our peripheral vision. As colorful patterns advance and recede, undulate and coalesce, they emulate the manner in which the universe operates in the energetic realms of both the microcosm and macrocosm.
Bienert’s use of both organic shapes and pixelated forms serve as references to living organisms as well as the world of technology. These patterns cohabitate in harmony, often superimposed upon the other, to create a reverie of unpredictable movement and transparent effects.
The Influence of Music, Precision and Instinct
Bienert emphasizes that music plays an important role in her source of inspiration. As we can see in “Adagio Story”, like a perfectly composed symphony her creative process integrates a balance of innate precision and spontaneity.
The artist relies on quick decisions as well as instinct to bring a fresh diversity to her compositions. The brush becomes more than a tool… She refers to it an extension of her body that is guided by the beat of her heart, as well as the quiet melody that exists in her mind.
Her Unique Innovative Style
Bienert brings an extensive mastery of color theory, innate sense of rhythm, and compositional elements to each painting. As an abstract painter she is an optical illusionist whose art defies spacial limitations. Her art is visual poetry bursting forth with relentless energetic expression.
Indeed, Bienert has developed her own visual vocabulary and inimitable style. With utmost proficiency she invites us to view the world as a magical, fluid and invigorating panorama. Through her paintings we experience our universe with a new expansive and compelling perspective.