Karen Yurkovich, a Canadian artist of international repute who lives in Perugia, Italy much of the year, continues her exploration of the natural world and our manipulation of it. Noted for her delicately balanced still-life paintings, Yurkovich masterfully combines an nearly clinical dissection of flora with a distinctly painterly style. The resulting work, as described by the Italian art critic, Marco Tomasini, "emanates very few certainties," allowing a living, evolving interpretation of the subject.

Yurkovich received a BFA and MFA from the University of Alberta, Canada, and has taught at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has exhibited extensively in Canada, the United States and Italy, including solo shows in Milan and Rome. Her awards include a Vancouver Foundation Grant and an Alberta Heritage Scholarship. Her work is in numerous public and private collections throughout Canada, Germany, Italy, and the United States.


1990 MFA, University of Alberta, Canada
1987 BFA, University of Alberta, Canada

2012 Working In Nature, project with UBC Farm and Centre for Biodiversity, UBC, summer; Morphology, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto
2011 A Concept of Cloud, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, May; Bologna Art Fair
2009 Natur(e) Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008 Clear Skies, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Canada; Last Garden, Galleria Della Pina, Pietrasanta, Italy; Magic Nature, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy
2007 Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, Canada; Daylight, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Canada; Cool Fields, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
2006 Apple, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005 Meta, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA; Studio dArte Raffaelli, Bologna Art Fair, Bologna, Italy
Post-Natural, Galleria Santa Marta, Milan
2004 Nature, Studio dArte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy; Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada;
Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2003 Oracle Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA; Floralis, Bau-Xi, Vancouver, Canada; Hortus Conclusus, Arco, Italy
2002 Metamorphoses, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Canada; The Same Story  Again, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, Canada; DNArt, Biennale, Kunsthaus Merano, Merano, Italy
2001 Change of Season, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
2000 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
1999 A Single Line, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; West Meets East, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
1998 B.C. Natives and Immigrants, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, B.C. Canada; B.C. Natives and Immigrants, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
1997 The Elements, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, B.C, Canada
1995 Gli Elementi, La Sala del Grifo e del Leone, II Palazzo dei Priori, Perugia, Italy
1994 Sala Giulia Gens, Roma, Italy; The Bugera Kmet Galleries, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1993 The Bugera Kmet Galleries, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1992 Woltjen Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

2011 Terra, Berchidda, Italy, curated by Gianella Demuro e Antonello Fresu, catalogue
2010 SACI Faculty Show, Florence, Italy
2008 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2006 Trees: An Interpretation, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
Seattle Galleries at RSG, Seattle Art Museum, Rental Sales Gallery, Seattle, WA
2003 Hourtus Conclusus, Arco, Italy; Barbara Behan Gallery, London, England
2000 Inaugural Group Exhibition, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
1999 Sur La Table, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; Still Life, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
1998 Denise Roberge Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
Splash, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
1997 Artropolis, Vancouver, B.C. Canada; Splash, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
1995 40 Celsius...A Survey of the Visual Arts in Edmonton, Commerce Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1994 II Gianicolo Gallery, Perugia, Italy; West End Gallery, Victoria, B.C., Canada
1993 Italian Renaissance Art: A Perspective, Black and white photographs and critical texts. Jointly with Professor Jorge Frascara, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; Actual Possibilities, Jointly with E. Aoki, Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1992 Six Painters, Woltjen Udell Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; Spring Show, Woltjen Udell Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; Woltjen Udell Gallery, Seattle Art Fair, Seattle
1991 Fall and Winter Shows, Woltjen Udell Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; Fall and Winter Shows, Woltjen Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Some New Alberta Art, Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta, Canada; Art For All, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Books and Catalogues
Terra, curated by Gianella Demuro e Antonello Fresu, Edizioni Time in Jazz, Berchidda, Italy, 2011
Artificio e Natura, curated by Loredana Permesani, catalogue, GalleriaArmoryArte, Perugia, 2009
Il vaso di Pandora, catalogue, GalleriaArmoryArte, Perugia, 2008
Larte nel bicchiere, la colleszione darte moderna Di Franco, Cortina, 2007
Fiori di Montagna, the dark side of Nature, catalogue, Studio dArte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy, 2006
Post-Natural, catalogue, Galleria Santa Marta, Milano, 2005
Arte Fiera, catalogue, renografica, Bologna, Italy, 2005
Artisti Stranieri in Umbria (Foreign Artists in Umbria), catalogue, Comune di Corciano, Italy 2005
Robinson, catalogue, Trevi Flash Art Museum, Italy, 2004
Passione di Mela (Apple Passions), Comune di Val di Non, Italy, 2004
Nature, catalogue, Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy, 2004
Enter: Invito al Futuro (Enter: Invitation to the Future), catalogue, De Agostini Rizzoli Arte e Cultura, Milan, Italy, 2003
Hortus Conclusus, catalogue, Nicolodi, Arco, Italy, 2003
DNArt, catalogue, De Agostini Rizzoli Arte e Cultura, Milan, Italy, 2002
Metamorphoses, catalogue, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, 2002
Arte in Mostra, Corriere della Sera, March 15, 2004
Fascinating Fruit, Where Magazine, May-June 2007, PG 23
Nature as Subject and Implement, Mari Sasano, What's On, Edmonton Journal, June, 2007 pg. 5
Yurkovich: giardini dellanima (Yurkovich, gardens of the soul) Fiorenzo Degasperi, Il Trentino, March 25, 2004
Stupifacente natura di KarenYurkovich (Amazing nature of Karen Yurkovich), Marco Tomasini, L'Adige, April 4, 2004
Uomo e Natura Indagini Pittoriche della Yurkovich (Man and Nature Pictorial Investigations by Yurkovich), Mariella Rossi, Corriere del Trentino, March 13, 2004
The best of Italian galleries, Extrart, March 2004
Karen Yurkovich, Monitor del Trentino, March 22, 2004
Karen Yurkovich - Nature, Exibart, March 22, 2004
La prima Guerra con dibattito (The first war with debate), Paola Rosà, L'Adige, Thursday, March 20, 2003
Hortus Conclusus, Mariella Rossi, Monitor del Trentino, April 22, 2003
Creative Pleasures, Milena Katz, Parkhurst Exchange, Volume 9 Number 12, December 2001
Interview and story, Aislinn Hunter, CBC Radio, North by Northwest, Saturday, January 27, 2001
Interview and feature story, Janet Dirks, VTV News at Six, January 30, 2001
Letter to a Friend, artist statement, Artichoke Magazine, November 1999
Karen Yurkovich at Linda Hodges, review by Paula Gustafson, Asian Art News, Vol. 9, number 6, Nov/Dec 1999
Editors Choice, Nick Rockel, Vancouver Magazine, November 1999
Karen Yurkovich, Vancouver Sun, November 4, 1999
Big Talk Backed Up with Bigger Talent, Charles Mandel, Edmonton Journal, October 6, 1995
Exhibit raises Heat, Tracy Neumann, SEE magazine, October 19, 1995
Renaissance Woman, Charles Mandel, Edmonton Journal, November 30, 1994
This Show Provides Undoubted Pleasure, Elizabeth Beauchamp, Edmonton Journal, April 24, 1992

Summer Term, Continuing Studies, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver; Drawing, Late Spring Term, 2012, Studio Arts Center International, Florence
2004 – Present
2D Honors Studio, SACI (Studio Art Centers International) Florence, Italy
2004 – 1998
Oil Painting: Traditional Techniques, Non-Toxic Materials 1 and 2, Anatomical Drawing, Oil Painting, and Teachers Workshop, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver
2004 – 1998
Sessional Instructor in Anatomical Drawing for Animators and Figure drawing, Fundamentals of Oil Painting, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, ELST Design Studios, Vancouver, and the University of Alberta, Edmonton
1998 - 1991
Representing Realities and Presenting Information, Summer session drawing course for artists and designers, University of Alberta, Edmonton. Oil Painting: Traditional Techniques, Non-Toxic Materials, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Sessional Instructor in Anatomical Drawing for Animators and Figure Drawing, Fundamentals of Oil Painting, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and the University of Alberta, Edmonton

Vancouver Foundation grant, 2000

Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta, Canada
Artemis Marketing Group, Vancouver, Canada
Bill Gates Foundation, Seattle
Bio-Tech, Munich, Germany
Collection, Francesco Casoli, Serra San Quirico, Italy
Collection, Halle Berry
Cook, Duke, Cox, Edmonton and Calgary, Canada
David Zacharko Architect, Vancouver, Canada
Deloitte and Touche, Seattle, WA
Delta Hotels, Vancouver, Canada
Dorothy Ames Design, Toronto, Canada
Elieca, Fabriano, Italy
Emaar Properties, Dubai UAE
Erregerre Industries, Bergamo, Italy
Intercept Pharmaceuticals, New York
Kyle Loranger Design, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
New Castle Club, Bellevue, WA
Nordstroms Inc., Seattle, WA
Osaka Golf Club, Osaka, Japan
Renaissance Wines, Vancouver and Calgary, Canada
Russell Investment Group, Tacoma, WA
Schweighofer Holzindustrie, Vienna, Italy
Seymour Collection, Vancouver, Canada
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA
Shaw Cable, Calgary and Victoria, Canada
Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA
Unicredit Bank, Italy
University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
Washington Mutual Bank, Seattle, WA
William Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA
Zacharko Design Partnership, Vancouver, Canada
Zymogenetics, Seattle, WA