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Karen Perl

Painter Karen Perl is after shifting, transitional moments. She paints—and repaints and then paints again—the same street corner, say Western and Clybourn or Touhy and Western in Rogers Park, until she feels the matter is settled. She’s been at it for a few decades. “I want to paint the emotional connection, that nostalgic feeling,” Perl says. “I like the way you can manipulate a painting to make a scene a little more magical.”


Lately, she’s wandered into unfamiliar territory, trying to get at her personal emotional
response—what “turns her on.” Her landscapes of beautiful brick buildings are veiled by a fog of gray paint like faintly recalled images obscured by the haze of a dim memory.

Afterlife (Belmont and Southport), oil on wood, 12"x12"
Lunt & Western, oil on wood, 12"x20"
Grace & Damen, oil on wood, 12"x20"
Mandela Road (Cicero & Augusta), oil on wood, 12"x20"
Lost (Western & 25th Street), oil on wood, 12"x20"
Lawrence & Washtenaw, oil on wood, 15"x30"
Comfort Dog (Left Side-1800 S. Ashland-Right Side-5600 N. Clark), oil on wood, 25"x50"
Bronzeville, oil on wood, 12"x24"
Sight Hound (Ridge & Bryn Mawr), oil on wood, 10"x20"
Landlocked (Clark & Rogers), oil on wood, 10"x20"
Rogers Park (Clark & Lunt), oil on wood, 8"x16"
Gone (Randolph & Peoria), oil on wood, 7"x14"
Golda Meir Drive (Devon & Mozart), oil on wood, 8"x16"
Diversey & Sacramento, oil on wood, 11"x14"
Irving Park, Lincoln & Damen, oil on masonite, 9"x12"
Touhy, Ridge & Rogers, oil on wood, 11"x14"