Gita Karklins

Gita’s art frequently focuses on small plastic or china figurines.

September 16, 2019 | | Artist in Residence

The dreamlike quality and gently subversive humour of Mulmur artist Gita Karklins’ paintings evolve from her fascination with contemporary issues. “Everything from species extinction to political unrest motivates me to begin a painting series, but the paintings generally diverge into narratives of their own.” The subject matter of the largely self-taught artist frequently focuses on small plastic or china figurines, imbuing the mass-produced objects with inner lives and stories. She says, for example, the predictions of Judgement Day cults and the “more bizarre reaches of religious belief” inspired her to rework the theme of heavenly ascension, common in Renaissance art, “to send unlikely figures floating in the sky.”  gitakarklins.com

Upside-Down in the Sky 28" x 34" Oil on canvas, panel ~ by Gita Karklins

Upside-Down in the Sky 28″ x 34″ Oil on canvas, panel ~ by Gita Karklins

Penguin on Bed-Sheet 16" x 24" Oil on canvas, panel ~ by Gita Karklins

Penguin on Bed-Sheet 16″ x 24″ Oil on canvas, panel ~ by Gita Karklins

Occupied Japan Figurine in the Sky (detail) 34" x 17" Oil on canvas, panel ~ by Gita Karklins

Occupied Japan Figurine in the Sky (detail) 34″ x 17″ Oil on canvas, panel ~ by Gita Karklins

Toy Dinosaur on Table with Plant Shadows (detail) 16" x 54" Oil on canvas, panel ~ by Gita Karklins

Toy Dinosaur on Table with Plant Shadows (detail) 16″ x 54″ Oil on canvas, panel ~ by Gita Karklins

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