Originally from Chicago, Ken Karlic is a national award-winning artist and paints in a style he refers to as sophisticated chaos. He paints with a sense of urgency and passion that is more about capturing the essence of a subject rather than the specifics of any location. He's interested in expressing how something feels rather than how it looks — in the sheer physicality of a subject or landscape captured in the sheer physicality of paint. Ken’s paintings have a basis in the representational, but often dissolve into varying levels of abstraction. No two paintings develop in the same way, as surprises are not only welcomed — but also invited — as marks, scratches, drips and splatters all become part of the final piece.
Ken Karlic is represented by several galleries, exhibits regularly and participates in national juried plein air competitions. Ken is featured in the September 2017 issue of the international magazine The Art of Watercolour and the October/November 2017 issue of Plein Air Magazine. Ken is a featured artist with Daniel Smith Watercolors and published “Sophisticated Chaos with DANIEL SMITH Watercolors, Step by Step Painting Large Scale” for Daniel Smith Art Materials, which was distributed to their global community of professional artists, retailers and distributors. “GAF on Ponca” appeared in the December 1 2017 Featured Artwork and December 8 2017 Editorial sections of Plein Air Today.
Ken Karlic studied architecture, painting and graphic design at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and received a B.F.A. Ken is a founding partner of the graphic design firm Splice Design Group in Baltimore MD, an instructor at Chesapeake Fine Art Studio in Stevensville MD and teaches workshops nationally. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein-Air Painters Association (MAPAPA), a Signature Artist Member of Baltimore Watercolor Society, a member of InLiquid in Philadelphia and a Signature Artist Member of Noyes Museum of Art at Stockton University in New Jersey.