Carissa Karamarko is a Sydney-based artist. Mentored by her friend and fellow artist Leslie Rice, Carissa’s early painting style was abstract, developing her interest in colour and atmosphere. Colour was her predilection with her philosophy being “colour first, form second”. Since then Carissa has moved onto a study of objects and has delved into still life painting.
Colour still plays a crucial role to her work and the tone that is set. Carissa works from photographs. Viewing through a lens helps her to understand her perspective on the object and make decisions about the tone the artwork will take. Paint is laid down in an intuitive manner. The essence of the object is portrayed rather than a reproduction.
Carissa’s first solo exhibition was in 2019 and she has also participated in a number of group shows. She has been a finalist in the Geelong Contemporary Art Award, Muswellbrook Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, Waverley Art Prize and Kangaroo Valley Art Prize. Carissa is currently preparing for her next exhibition at Saint Cloche Gallery where she is a represented artist. The exhibition is a show with ceramicist Emily Brookfield. Opening in January, it will showcase the artists response to the work of Slim Aarons.
Location: Sydney, NSW