Karen Tearnan Cullinan


Karen Tearnan (b.1968) is a contemporary South African artist, living in Johannesburg. Karen was passionate about art from an early age. After completing her matric, Karen studied Fine Arts at Wits technikon, majoring in painting, where she won the best painter award as well as a bursary award.  During her early career, Karen worked for various design companies, gaining skills in textile, ceramic and graphic design. In 1996, she opened her own Art company which has successfully created both international and national commissioned artworks and finishes. In 2013, she returned to the University of Johannesburg to complete her BTek Honours in Visual Arts in 2014.  Karen Many of her art pieces from this time, have been created and executed on both a national and international level, having completed numerous public commissions, characterized by large-scale mixed media artworks.  Karen has been involved in a number of exhibitions and has work in various private and corporate collections internationally. Karen has been published in South African Art and Artists, as well as having taught public workshops in abstract painting and authentic creativity. During her career, Karen has successfully worked in the space where business and art meet.

Karen Tearnan Cullinan smiling

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