Fellow: Awarded 2015
Field of Study: Fine Arts
Competition: US & Canada
Karin Davie is a leading artist in the current wave of painting practices transforming the legacy of high modernism to capture the dynamics of contemporary life. Born in Toronto in 1965, the artist is a graduate of Queen’s University, Kingston, ON (BFA, 1987) and Rhode Island School of Design (MFA, 1989). Her work has been exhibited across North America and Europe, and was the subject of a major retrospective Karin Davie: Dangerous Curves, at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY in 2006. Other recent presentations of her work include: Karin Davie Shadows, Liquids, & Life, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto Ontario (2012-13): James Harris Gallery, Seattle WA (2012): The Indiscipline of Painting, The Tate St Ives in the UK (2011) & The Mead Gallery, UK (2012): The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario (2008): The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2008): Karin Davie: Underworlds at the Agnes Etherington Art Center in Kingston Ontario (2007): Mary Boone Gallery, New York (2002, 2005 and 2007), SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico (2004) and Project 63, The Museum of Modern Art, NY (1998). Her work has been featured and published by leading art publishers most recently in Painting Abstraction: New Elements In Abstract Painting, Phaidon Press, London: Spooning and Dripping The Bodily Grandeur of Karin Davie, published by The Stranger in 2010 and Karin Davie: From A Different Place, by John- Bentley Mays in Canadian Art Magazine.
In addition to becoming a Guggenheim fellow in 2015, Karin has been the recipient of the American Academy of Arts & Letters Award 1999 and was awarded an Elizabeth Foundation Grant in 1998. She has also been awarded a Pollock-Krasner grant in 1999 and 1991 and received a Canadian Council art Grant in 1992 and 1995. Most recently she was nominated for “Anonymous is a Woman” award in 2014 and received a Gottlieb Foundation award.