Kato (Karen) Rempel’s work is a reflection of beauty, diversity and mystique drawn from many years of international living and experience. She's combined her 25 years of experience in graphic and web design into a new artistic adventure. Initially capturing the fascination of Indian women and its remarkable people Kato's has expanded her reach to this continent and is focused on capturing the passion of women and couples through her figurative exploration. Many of her pieces have been created using her alla-prima technique and lean towards an impressionistic style.
Her original artwork graces the private collections in homes worldwide, from London, England to Sydney, German, Australia, Canada and the US.
An enthusiastic and passionate student for the past decade, Kato has studied with Kristy Gordon, completed the US Virtual Art Academy’s three year Alla Prima Plein Air program with Barry John Raybould, and is currently studying with Jerry Markham in Kelowna, BC.
Kato has won several awards through the Federation of Canadian Artists juried shows over the last few years and has now completed a peer review advancement that now gives her the designation of AFCA (Associate Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists)
Painting always sends Kato into a different place in her mind. The ever present music in her studio conjures feelings, memories, and energy that push out the 'here and now'. With a clear mind, she's able to focus on transforming a white canvas into what she considers a living, breathing piece of art.
This year, her inspiration comes from people; their passion, and their energy. When she is searching for inspiration for her next painting, she looks for that intense passion in a person. Sometimes it's a facial expression, sometimes body posture, or often a combination of both. When she sees it, she knows it instantly and it's like their passion sparks across to her and she feels an intense need; maybe even a challenge, to capture that feeling and get it onto canvas.
Once she takes a photo "bookmark" of her subject, she'll have the model pose for her in her studio so she can control the lighting and strength of the composition. She will then use a alla-prima technique to create the loose brush strokes and layering effect. Strong lines and form have always intrigued her, and she tries to incorporate strong directional compositions to keep the viewer in the painting.
It seems that when she's able to capture the subject's energy it's clearly felt by the person looking at the painting; that painting becomes popular. If she can get someone to feel and recognize the energy that she saw at the inception of the piece, then she's honoured and happy to return to her studio to start the process over again, knowing that it will be adorning the wall in a home where it will be appreciated.
3rd Prize Award - "Lazy Days" - FCA Vancouver (Juried) Summer Art Show - August 8-20, 2017
Honourable Mention for "Love Struck" - FCA Signature Medal Show, Vancouver November 30 - December 23, 2016
2nd Prize Award - Autumn Gallery, Kelowna (Juried) "Layed Back" - FCA Okanagan (Juried) November 18-20, 2016
2nd Prize Award -Oasis 2016 (Juried) "Star Gazing III" - FCA Okanagan (Juried) July/August, 2016
1st Prize Award - Autumn Gallery, Kelowna (Juried) "Star Gazing I" - FCA Okanagan (Juried) November 22 - 22, 2015
2nd Prize Award - Oasis 2015 (Juried) FCA, National Show at the Rotary Centre of the Arts, Kelowna, May 2015
2nd Prize Award for "Dancing in the night II" - Small Smaller and Smallest, FCA Vancouver – (Juried) June 9 - 21, 2015
Honourable Mention for "Admiration" in Foliage and Flowers, FCA Vancouver – (Juried) April 2015
1st Prize Award for "Buoyant Light" Painting at the Autumn Gallery, Kelowna, - (Juried) Nov 21, 2014
Dec - FCA Signature Medal Show (Juried) (Honourable Mention)
Nov - Autumn Gallery - FCA Okanagan (Juried) (2nd Prize Award)
Nov - 10 Squared Fundraiser Show at FCA Vancouver
Oct - Annual International Representational Show - AIRS
Sept - FCA 75th Anniversary Signature Celebration and Exhibition
Aug - Painting on the Edge, FCA Vancouver Show
Aug - Small, Smaller, Smallest, FCA Vancouver Show
July - Oasis 2016 Show at Peachland Art Gallery - Silver Award
July - Gallery Odin Summer Show
April - TNSC FCA Open Show - Artists ChoiceApril - TNSC FCA Open Show - Artists Choice
March - Successfully achieved the AFCA designation through the Federation of Canadian Artists -Participating in the "Success Show" March 15-27
March - Art Escape at Big White
November - Autumn Gallery - FCA Okanagan (Juried) (1st Prize Award)
October - AIRS - Annual International Representational Show at FCA Vancouver (Juried)
June - Oasis 2015 (Juried) at the Rotary Centre of the Arts, Kelowna (2nd Prize Award)
June - Gallery Odin summer show
June - Small Smaller and Smallest, FCA Vancouver - (Juried) (2nd Prize Award)
April - Canvas Unbound, FCA Vancouver - (Juried)
April - Foliage and Flowers, FCA Vancouver - (Juried) (Honourable Mention)
January – February Solo show - Hyderabad, India
November - Autumn Gallery, Kelowna, - (Juried) (1st Prize Award)
June - Small Smaller and Smallest, FCA Vancouver - (Juried)
May - Oasis Art Show and Symposium, FCA Okanagan, (Juried)
March - Big White Ski Resort, BC Canada
January - Active Members Show, FCA Vancouver, (Juried)
January - Artist Choice Show, FCA Vancouver, (Juried)
“Artist shows face as part of group exhibition at Silver Star Gallery” - Vernon Morning Star, June 2015
“Inspired by the City” - Post Noon – Art and Culture – Sept 2013
“Old and New” - Feature Article - Hindu News – August 2013
“Preserving the rocky landscape through art” - Times of India – August 2013
“Inspired by Culture” - Art & Culture – Hyderabad Hans – August 2013
“Women and Culture” - August 2013
“A Keen Foreign Eye” - Times of Bangalore, India – September 2013
March - Art Escape at Big White