Karl Bielik

Karl Bielik

MEDIUM: Paintings
CITY: London, UK

Karl Bielik is an artist who lives and works in London, UK. He has participated in exhibitions around the world, he was a finalist for the Contemporary British Painting Prize (2016), was selected for the John Moores Painting Prize (2016) and among the chose artists for The London Open 2015, a triennial exhibition held by the Whitechapel Gallery. Karl’s work is filled with expressive and forceful paint strokes created during a very physical and emotional creative process. He works passionately on different projects, returning to them over a space of time, therefore letting the pieces create their own meaning. As a result of this approach of expressive action, the artist’s paintings are a powerful representation of the evolution of his emotional state of mind over time.
Artig Gallery presents a series of paintings created by Karl Bielik, oil paintings on canvas, linen, panel or board. All artworks are signed by the artist and come with a certificate of authenticity.

“I am an abstract painter, I work on canvas, linen, panels and paper. I work exclusively in oil paint on thirty or so paintings and drawings at once and these vary in scale from intimate to large. The studio is the place where practically everything happens for me; occasionally diagrams from medical books or photographs I have taken may inform the work in its formative stages, but essentially my work emerges from the physical process of painting.
Loose oily wounds and thick emulsions offset light glazes and dribbles, I paint, wipe out, paint over, turn the canvasses around, print, blot, mask, pour paint, scrape and scratch. Irregular canvases, panels and paper litter my studio walls and tables. I shift from one piece to another and don’t focus on completion, just nudging a painting from one position to another.
Only when I am in the studio standing in front of the work do they begin to take form, I give them room to develop meaning to be here in the world.
I am in there almost every day and there is little thought process outside of the studio. The works are sometimes not touched for weeks or months, which offers an incubation time to contemplate where I want them to go, them to take me or if they become complete. In contrast to my sometimes emotive imagery, banal solitary words form my titles, tempering and balancing the melancholy character of my work.”

OND Graphic Design, Calderdale College, Halifax, England 1987-89
HND Graphic Design, Stockport College, England 1989-91

Pigmental, The Rochester Gallery. Solo show curated by Matt Bray, Kent (2017)
A Reporter's Notebook, Tin Cafe. Solo show of 59 small works on paper, London (2017)
Centre of Tamines & Auvelais, Curated by Dennis Guerra & Fred Michiels. Belguim (2018)
Migration and Empathy, Bursa Museum. Curated by Reyhani Akan, Turkey (2018)
Testcard P, The Marylebone Crypt, London (2017)
Contemporary Masters from Britain, China touring the following venues...
Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Tianjin, Yantai Art Museum, Yantai (2017)
Artall Gallery and The Jiangsu Arts Museum, Nanjing (2017)
Art Gallery NaKashirke. Curated by Andrey Volkov, Moscow and St Petersburg (2017)
La Liberte Comme Embleme d'Echec, Tamines. Curated by Fred Michiels, Belguim (2017)
Secret Postcard Show, The Old Lock Up, Cromford, Derbyshire, (2017)
Bring Something Pink, St Chamas. Curated by Yifat Gat, France (2017)
Royal West of England Academy, Curated by Nectarios Stamatopolous.Bristol (2017)
Steal the Show, Glasgow Open House Festival. Curated by Jessica Wilson, Glasgow (2017)
Footfall Art, Walthamstow Window Gallery, Curated by Hannah Luxton.(2017)
Testing 1<2<1<2. Unit 3, Curated by John Bunker, London (2017)
Studio 1.1. 3 person show with Stephen Buckeridge and Lorraine Robbins, London (2017)
Sluice Art Fair Fundraiser, London (2017)
The Contemporary British Painting Prize 2016. London (2016)
The Riverside Gallery, London and Huddersfield Art Gallery (2016)
Osman's Xmas Bazaar, Studio 1.1, London. (2016)
The John Moores Painting Prize 2016, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. (2016)
The Contemporary British Painting Prize 2016 Group Show. (2016)
The Riverside Gallery, Richmond Museum, London. (2016)
Huddersfield Art Gallery. (2016)
Paper Cuts, Transition, London. (2016)
Article 25 Charity Auction, RIBA, London(2016)
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London. (2016)
B&W, Transmitter, Brooklyn, New York. (2016)
Polyphony, The Wright Gallery, Northport, Michigan. (2016)
Summer Salon, Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes, London. (2016)
We are the Dead, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Dallas, USA. (2016)
Abstract Strategies, Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany. (2016)
Kunstlermesse Art Fair 2016, Dresden, Germany. Showing with Pluspace Project. (2016)
Contemporary British Drawing, Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi'an Province, China. (2015)
Osman's Xmas Bazaar, Studio 1.1, London. (2015)
The Seed of it's Opposite, Kelvin College, Glasgow touring to Glenrothes, Scotland. Curated by Jai Llewellyn. (2015)
The Black & White Project, Look and Listen at The Sluice Art Fair, London. Curated by Yifat Gat. (2015)
Wanderer, Angelika Studios, High Wycombe. Curated by Matthew Macaulay. (2015)
From England with Love, Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany. Curated By Sabine Tress. (2015)
The JHB Archive, Birmingham Open Media, Birmingham. Curated by Jo Gane. (2015)
Pulp Painting, Studio Apothiki, Paphos, Cyprus. Curated by Valerie Brennan. (2015)
The London Open 2015, The Whitechapel Gallery, London. (2015)
Abstract Strategies, Toured Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen and Rotterdam. Curated by Jan Holtoff. (2015)
Carta, Dalla Rosa Gallery, London. (2015)
Wright Gallery, Northport, Michigan, USA. Curated by Sabine Tress. (2015)
Family Ties, 500X Gallery, Dallas, USA. Curated by Bonny Leibowitz and Julie Torres. (2015)
South of No North, East of No West. CC Projects, Alabama, USA. Curated by Brian Edmonds. (2015)
Traces of the Gesture, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA. Curated by Susan Lizotte. (2015)
Noir/Blanc, Look and Listen, Saint Chamas, France. Curated by Yifat Gat. (2014)
Restatemant, Galerie Schutte, Essen, Germany. Cutaed by Nina Brauhauser. (2014)
The Wright Gallery, Northport, Michigan, USA. Curated by Pier Wright. (2014)
White Hours, Studio Apothiki, Paphos, Cyprus. Curated by Valerie Brennan. (2014)
Off The Wall, The 9th Terrace Open, London. (2014)
One Plus One is One, Curating Contemporary, Alabama, USA. (2014)
Infinity : One, Dalla Rosa Gallery, London. (2014)
A Dream within a Dream, Bankley Gallery, Manchester. Curated by Matthew Macaulay. (2014)
Eight Painters, Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York, USA. Curated by Paul Behnke. (2014)
Art Converters, Studio 1.1, London. (2014)
First Come, First Served, The Lion and Lamb, London. (2013)
Sluice Art Fair, Tanner Street, London. (2013)
Exchange Project, APT Gallery, London. Curated by Claire Undy. (2013)
Form/Function, Piccadilly Place, Manchester. Curated by Lisa Denyer and Matthew Macaulay. (2013)
Now you see it, now you don't, The 8th Terrace Open, London. (2013)
Other Objects, The Lion and Lamb, London. Curated by Caterina Lewis and Gwennan Thomas. (2013)
What I Like About You North, Imogen Holloway Gallery, New York. Curated by Julie Torres. (2013)
What I Like About You, Parallel Art Space, New York. Curated by Julie Torres. (2013)
Meditations, The Meter Room, Coventry. Curated by Lisa Denyer and Matthew Macaulay. (2013)
Plane Space, The East Crypt, Worcester Cathedral, Curated by Dan Roach. (2012)
The Art of Falling Apart, the 7th Terrace Open, London. (2012)
The Velryba Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic. (2011)
Done Paint Done, The Drawers Gallery, London. (2011)
The Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London. Selected by Phyllida Barlow. (2011)
A Heap of broken Images, where the sun beats, The 6th Terrace Open, London. (2011)
The Marmite Painting Prize III, touring Coventry, Tameside and The Nunnery, London. (2011)
The Barbican Arts Group Trust Open, London. (2010)
Icons, St. Botolphs Church, London. (2010)
BHVU Winter Open, London. (2010)
Vintage at Goodwood, A Customized mannequin for an Artists charity auction. (2010)
Hang then Decay... It says something to me about my life, The 5th Terrace Open, London. (2010)
The Anthea Turner Prize, Compton Studios, London. Curated by Heidi Locher. (2010)
The Filthy Songs of Their Fathers, Scapegoat Society, London. Curated by Boyle&Shaw. (2010)
The Art Factory, Budapest, Hungary. (2009)
And it's Time, Time, Time and it's Time...The 4th Terrace Open, London. (2009)
Surface, The Imperial College, London. (2009)
The Marmite Painting Prize I, Studio 1.1, London. (2008)
Dynamite Fighter featuring Lark, The Royal Academy, London. Curated by Boyle&Shaw. (2008)
So Much Wasted Wine... So Many Dead Flowers, The 3rd Terrace Open, London. (2008)
Oh Deborah! CA Projects, London. (2007)
Departure Lounge, Terrace, London. (2007)
Doodles, Noodles and Snippets, Vital Arts, Whitechapel Hospital, London. (2007)
Time Flies, The 2nd Terrace Open, London. (2006)
New Pain, Vertigo Gallery, London. (2006)
Happiness Blues, Terrace, London. (2005)
Painting, Y.A. Gallery, Berlin, Germany. (2005)
Lexmark European Art Prize, Eyestorm, London. (2004)
London Arts East, 291 Gallery, London. (2004)
Somewhere, The 1st Terrace Open, London. (2004)
36X36, Mafuji Gallery, London. (2002)
Art 2002, Stricoff Gallery, New York, USA. (2002)
36X36, Mafuji Gallery, London. (2001)
Bratri Capku Gallery, Prague. (1999)
Do not go gently, Jednorozec Gallery, Prague. (1999)

The Contemporary British Painting Prize 2016 Catalogue
Curating Contemporary - We are the Dead
Contemporary British Painting 5
Contemporary British Painting 4
Stucture and Imagery 3
Contemporary British Painting 3
In Process - Structure and Imagery 2
The Black and White Project
Nothing but Good
Contemporary British Painting 2
Contemporary British Painting
1000 Living Painters
Abstract Critical Documentary Film
Kiosk der Demokratie
(Standard) INTERVIEW
'Meditations' review by Patterns that connect
The Roller Gallery
In Process - Structure and Imagery 1
'Other Objects' review by Patterns that connect
Just Another Painter
Curating Contemporary - What I like about you
Minimal Exposition
Mutant Space
'Now you see it, now you don't' review by Patterns that connect
Studio visit - Structure and Imagery
'Form/Function' review by Patterns that connect
Structure and Imagery Blog
'Plane Space' review by Patterns that connect
Painters progress - Have you met...
Buddy of Work
Non-Objective Painting
Art Orbiter
Ravenna Taylor Blogspot
Just Another Masterpiece1
Just Another Masterpiece2
A/Art Blog
Kill the Curator
Re-title Artist Focus - Painting
NY Arts Magazine

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