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About Karen Sperling

Karen Sperling at the opening reception for the gallery show of her art at Monkdogz Urban Art in New York's Chelsea art district.

I grew up on New York's Long Island, went to college in Ithaca New York, lived in Manhattan for many years and moved to Los Angeles in 1995.

My mother was an artist and my father enjoyed photography, so I've been drawing, painting and taking photos for as long as I can remember.

I love pursuing all three and enjoy creating portraits, landscapes and abstracts.

I see art and photography as a visual conversation between the artist/photographer and the viewer. As an artist/photographer I can express my thoughts and feelings about the subject and as the viewer you can see the work based on your thoughts and feelings. You may either get exactly what I was trying to say, or you may read something into the work that I didn't even realize or intend to put there. I think that's the fascinating part about art and photography, that it evokes strong feelings and reactions that touch the artist/photographer and the viewer, regardless of whether it's in the same way. For commissioned work, the dialog between photographer/artist and viewer starts much earlier in the process of creating the art/photograph. The viewer participates early on because of course I want the work to have meaning for you, and that comes about with communication throughout the journey of creation. With photos and art that stem more from my vision, I can only create what's in my heart and if it resonates for others, one way or the other and not necessarily in the way I intended, then that's an exciting result.

What I'm trying to say with my art and photos continues to evolve, and I look forward to your participation in the dialog!

Contact Information


(818) 941-9739


Gallery Godo, Glendale, CA

Highly Toxic
Gallery Godo, Glendale, CA

Art Basel
Lurie Gallery, Wynwood Arts district, Miami.

Art for Change
Fundraising Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

National Juried Exhibition
Recipient, first-round acceptance
Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY

Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery, Chelsea, New York City

Have You Seen Art Lately?
Art Institute of California Gallery, San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

San Diego Center for the Moving Arts

Iron Artist Special Event
San Diego County Office of Education


Art Beyond Reality and Imagination
Karen Sperling's work takes the viewer on a high octane
roller coaster ride beyond reality and imagination.
All aboard!
Bob Hogge
Gallery Director
Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery
Chelsea, New York City

Art Stands Out

Love your work--it stands out in a crowd.
Roger Loyd
Gallery Director
Gallery Loyd
Oslo, Norway

Contemporary Relevance
Karen Sperling's abstract art, by balancing between
representational and non-representational,
reinvents the traditional sensibilities of abstract
art, giving it a contemporary relevance.
Michael Savas
Chair of Illustration
Laguna College of Art and Design

Powerful, Gorgeous, Complex Abstracts
I LOVE your abstracts! They're powerful, gorgeous, complex.
They twist, go involuted, then shout!
Emotion, intellect, passion, revelation, transformation...
I see all these things in your abstracts.
Viewing your work makes me feel privileged to have
glimpsed into your soul--VERY few artists in my life
have evoked this kind of reaction from me.
Your art is like an urgent embrace, or a near-death
experience, wherein one receives a vision that can
transform, and also takes a while to process.
Wonderful work!
Bobbo Goldberg

Inspirational Art
I love your work. Everything happens for a reason,
and walking into the gallery at Art Basel gave me an
opportunity to see your work, which was a breath of
fresh air and inspiration.
I am very interested in your art. I respect you as
an artist and the work that you do and would love to
have this piece.
A collector

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