Swedish artist Karin Broos trained at the Royal Academy St. Joost in S’Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, but has lived and worked as an artist in Värmland since 1975.
Karin Broos painting is formulated placid and with no excess. Rust red water, curls around, rests inaudibly reflective, pours slowly over a floating female body, inviting, releasing, unsafe. There is a psychological intesity in Broos paintings, a state that grips and never letting go.
Her paintings deal with photorealistic depictions of female figures, often placed in relation to water as a metaphoric framework. Through repeating the motif in series, she examines the mechanisms of her own painting and emphasises the unique qualities that distinguishes painting from photography.
Broos demonstrates how the body loses its awareness and physical relation to its environment, how the measureable parameters over time and space are distinguished, and how vague sensations capture the persons relation to its surroundings.
Her paintings holds the same photorealistic clarity as Gerhard Richter and Ola Billgren, but also reminds of a Scandinavian painting tradition with clear references to artists such as Willhelm Hammershöj, Anders Zorn and P.S. Kröyer.