Karen Yurkovich is a Canadian artist working between Vancouver and Florence, Italy. Her practice is centred on nature and its presence in the thinking of culture and society. Varied themes such as native and immigrant plants, bonsai, still life genre painting of the 16th century, GMOs, the use of plants in medicine and culinary practices, issues of biodiversity, and the symbolic role of plants within different cultures are explored in her multi-media works. These themes are approached through a play of both visual and textual narratives.
She was in inaugural director of the MFA in Studio Art at Studio Art Centers International, Florence, defining the program and teaching from 2013-16 and continues to teach occasionally at Emily Carr University in Vancouver.
Yurkovich’s work can be found in both private and public collections including the Bill Gates Foundation, Unicredit Bank, Italy, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Cy and Lissa Wagner Collection, Texas.
Studio D’Arte Raffaelli
Linda Hodges Gallery
Bugera Matheson Gallery
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