KARIN HAAS

Karin Haas

When did you start painting, drawing and creating and what pushed you towards it?

I have enjoyed drawing since I was very young. My parents are both creatives and learning about art, fashion, travel and food was a big part of my childhood.

 

How do you find the balance between the vision you have and the mediums you are using?

My father is a very skilled pastel drawer and initially suggested I try using pastel. It helped me to loosen up my process a bit and push my ideas into a more minimal state. It has been some of the best advice I’ve received and the process has been a lot of fun.

Karin Haas
Karin Haas
Karin Haas

What inspired your style of work? Where do you get inspiration from? 

Living in Manhattan, my work is heavily inspired by my surroundings of architecture and geometric surfaces of stone, marble, terrazzo and tiled patterns. The city is very colorful and has influenced my work by helping me to choose colors freely without overthinking it. 

 

Are there any particular artists, photographers, painters drawers you look up to their works? 

There are so many! Just to name several: Donald Judd, Pablo Picasso, Anne Truitt and Alice Neel. 

Karin Haas

What is the process behind the creation of a piece?

I rarely sketch. I typically start working on a large sheet of paper and let the drawing evolve naturally. The changes I make along the way are part of the process and makes the outcome that much more exciting. 

 

Would you say that there is a main thread connecting all your artworks and if so, which is it? 

Color selection.

 

What kind of conversations would you like your artworks to spark?

I hope the viewer will discover the texture, the movement of my hand, and sense of color, as well as my personal aesthetic. People often ask me what the medium is, if the work is a print or painting; I enjoy their pleasant surprise when I tell them it’s a colored pencil or pastel drawing.

Karin Haas
Karin Haas