Karen Couillard is one of Canada’s most sought-after Visual Artist
who works as an illustrator, designer and painter.
Awaken your senses…
With her own unique style, which she titles “Groovy Arts,” she is known for capturing the spontaneity of today’s pop culture with timeless scenes of diverse attraction, exaggerated features and distinctive characters. Her work is bright, fun and hip. Her use of colour, jubilant and unabashed wakes up your senses and reacquaints you with a sudden sense of joyfulness.
Born in 1965, Karen attended Laval University for fine arts. After completing university, Karen enjoyed a career as an illustrator working for a children’s wear company called “Saute Mouton” in Quebec City. Here she was able to use her whimsy designs to create fun apparel for children. Karen’s love of design and art eventually led her to Toronto where her unique sense of creativity was welcomed and embraced.
In 1999, she began painting and selling her art through art galleries, art events and upscale boutiques which also led to a wide range of licensing opportunities in the giftware and packaging industry.
From fashion ad campaigns for Holt Renfrew to licensing new products, Karen’s art has enjoyed an overwhelming response over the past few years. She was the official artist for the high-profile “2003 Pink Bedroom Party” by Jeanne Lottie — For The Breast Cancer Foundation. And, for “Fashion Cares” — Charity Event for Aids. Her paintings fetched thousands of dollars for the charities.
Her groovy art is acquired by many private and corporate collectors across Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe.
Women of all ages, in particular, are flocking to Karen’s fresh designs, and her artwork has been featured in many publications and television.
By 2005, Karen teamed up with her husband Steve Couillard, an accomplished Creative Director, to create a sassy new brand of stationery and giftware products based on her art under the “Groovy Arts” label. The products were highly successful and sold at high-end retailers across Canada and USA.
In 2009, Karen has taken a break from the art scene to establish her other company “Vercomedia” – A branding & design studio she shares with her husband.
After a five-year hiatus, she is eager to return to the art scene with a brand new collection of paintings inspired by her travels to Europe.
It’s the charm of life itself—the spontaneity and fun of popular culture and trends— that turns Karen’s work into high art.
Her unique perspective sets her apart from other contemporary artists, earning her a growing reputation as a trendsetter in the rapidly changing world of art and design.
CFTO “Panorama”, CH 11 “CH Morning Live,” Hamilton, KNBC-TV “News 4,” Los Angeles, KESQ-TV “Channel 3 News,” Palm Springs, City TV “CityLine,” Toronto as well as in many publications including “The Hamilton Spectator,” “West of the City,” “Art World News,” “Le Madawaska,” “The Globe and Mail,” and the popular French magazine “Décoration Chez-Soi.”
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