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Karl Richard Olsen
Philadelphia, PA

About the Artist

Karl left home and school as a teenager and explored the country for several years. He graduating from The University of the Arts in the mid 80's and began working as an Industrial Designer in Philadelphia. He discovered that drawing, model making and hands-on material interaction was a natural fit. Later, blacksmithing and woodworking became the stepping stone from an office environment to his own studio which he designed and built. Working as a craft artist for years then became the precursor to the fine arts, mainly painting, drawing, and more recently sculpture.
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About the Artist

Karl left home and school as a teenager and explored the country for several years. He graduating from The University of the Arts in the mid 80’s and began working as an Industrial Designer in Philadelphia. He discovered that drawing, model making and hands-on material interaction was a natural fit. Later, blacksmithing and woodworking became the stepping stone from an office environment to his own studio which he designed and built. Working as a craft artist for years then became the precursor to the fine arts, mainly painting, drawing, and more recently sculpture.
Karl’s personal need to search for his own visual language is very strong. His life experiences and observations of the connections between people places and things are are all the motivation needed to start a conversation with the materials. Karl believes the challenge for an artist is to find honesty in the work. The goal: To create a visually engaging piece.

Artist’s Work

Twins 2
Movement 2
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Movement

By Karl Richard Olsen

Movement 3
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Movement

By Karl Richard Olsen

Movement 5
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Movement

By Karl Richard Olsen

Movement 7
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Movement

By Karl Richard Olsen

Movement 8
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Movement

By Karl Richard Olsen

Movement 6
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Movement

By Karl Richard Olsen

Painting (Black and White)
Epic
Tires of babel
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Tires of Babel

By Karl Richard Olsen

Flight or fight
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Flight or Fight

By Karl Richard Olsen

Painting (Color)
Onway
My way out
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My way out

By Karl Richard Olsen

Belly of the beauty
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Belly of the beauty

By Karl Richard Olsen

Errosion
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Errosion

By Karl Richard Olsen

Facilitator
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Facilitator

By Karl Richard Olsen

Crawl space
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Crawl Space

By Karl Richard Olsen

Dance for your life
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Dance for your life

By Karl Richard Olsen

Tropical
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Tropical

By Karl Richard Olsen

Gas bag
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Gas Bag

By Karl Richard Olsen

Hannah
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Hand on Horizon

By Karl Richard Olsen

Harvest
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Harvest

By Karl Richard Olsen

Taking the bait
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Taking the Bait

By Karl Richard Olsen

Two maids and the discovered
Cinderella
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Cinderella

By Karl Richard Olsen

Sandy
One horse town
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One Horse Town

By Karl Richard Olsen

Milled
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Milled

By Karl Richard Olsen

Drawing (Black and White)
Manifold
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Manifold

By Karl Richard Olsen

Left winger
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Left Winger

By Karl Richard Olsen

The patriot
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The Patriot

By Karl Richard Olsen

Icarus goes windsurfing
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Mission Impossible

By Karl Richard Olsen

Sin of the fathers
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Sin of the Fathers

By Karl Richard Olsen

Sheperds window
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Sheperd's Window

By Karl Richard Olsen

Goyas dream
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Goya's Dream

By Karl Richard Olsen

Woman waits
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Woman Waits

By Karl Richard Olsen

My little angel
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My Little Angel

By Karl Richard Olsen

Bernhards room
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Bernhard's Room

By Karl Richard Olsen

Fragil
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Fragil

By Karl Richard Olsen

Pillow talk
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Pillow Talk

By Karl Richard Olsen

Queens ransom
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Queens Ransom

By Karl Richard Olsen

Hibernation
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Hibernation

By Karl Richard Olsen

Drawing (Color)
Torn truck seat
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Torn truck seat

By Karl Richard Olsen

Farm fixtures
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Farm Fixtures

By Karl Richard Olsen

Movement 9
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Movement

By Karl Richard Olsen

Sheep horn
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Sheep horn

By Karl Richard Olsen

Cheeky
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Cheeky

By Karl Richard Olsen

Brotherscolortime
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Brothers/Color/Time

By Karl Richard Olsen

Constable
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Constable

By Karl Richard Olsen

A short 7 hours
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A short 7 hours

By Karl Richard Olsen

Two masks
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Two Masks

By Karl Richard Olsen

Selected Exhibitions

  • Solo Show, "Physical Calligraphy"
    Le Cochon Noir - Philadelphia, PA, 2012
  • "MakeMeCrazy,MakeMeThink"
    Infinite Inch Gallery - Philadelphia, PA, 2011
  • Solo Show,"Hanging by a Thread"
    Java Coffee Company - Philadelphia, PA, 2011
  • "MakeMeCrazy,MakeMeThink"
    Pagus Gallery - Norristown, PA , 2010
  • National Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition, .
    Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove,PA, 2009

Press and Accolades

  • 1st Place, Juried Exhibition, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
    June, 2016
  • First Place, Jurors Choice," Fall Juried Exhibition, Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists (MCGOPA) , Conshohocken, Pa
    Summer, 2009
  • "Best Use of Materials," Juried Exhibition Grow Show, Off the Wall Gallery,Philadelphia, PA
    Fall 2008

Education

  • The University of the Arts, Industrial Design
    Philadelphia,PA,1986