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About the Artist:

Kari Rajkumar Portrait Artist

Kari Rajkumar developed a love of drawing at an early age. She was homeschooled and received no formal training in art, save for a few basic drawing classes at around age 9 or 10. A pursuit of fine art as a career began at age 16 when she discovered (quite by accident) she had a gift for Realism and began receiving her first commissions. Kari is primarily self-taught in both graphite and pastel; however, her ultimate goal was always to work in oils as well. After attending a couple of brief workshops, she began to produce oil portraits in early 2014.

In all her work, Kari wishes to highlight qualities of the subject that capture and hold her attention the longest – be it quiet confidence, or integrity, or grace of movement. Always, it is the goodness and uniqueness she sees in these individuals that compels her to memorialize it in her art. Most recently, Kari has also begun to incorporate elements from those imaginings that have filled countless sketchbooks and daydreams over the years – ideas that have been inspired by literature, history, music, and so much more.  

Kari's portraits continue to garner national and international recognition, and have been published in The Artist's Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, and the Pastel Journal magazine.

Kari is a guest art teacher for Mayo Middle School in her current hometown of Paris, IL, and also offers private lessons, group classes, and workshops. Visit her News Page for the most current updates on classes and workshops offered.

Kari gives thanks, first and foremost, to her Creator for the abilities He has given her. She desires Him to be pleased with her life and with her work.

To her mom, whose unwavering support and rock-solid presence mean so much . . . . there is too much to say. She couldn't have done any of this without her.

 

Affiliations/Memberships:

Member of the Portrait Society of America

Member of the Oil Painters of America

Member of the Board of Directors for the Bicentennial Art Center & Museum (aka the Paris Art Center) in Paris, IL

 

Awards/Honors:

2016

Oil Painters of America Online Showcase (Spring 2016)

- Aaronaut (oil on canvas, 24"x 24") accepted

- The Young Heir (oil on canvas, 22"x 28") accepted

 

Oil Painters of America Online Showcase (Summer 2016)

- Clouds of Summer (oil on panel, 7"x7.75") accepted

- Peaches (oil on panel, 7"x7.25") accepted

 

2014

57th Mid-States Art Exhibition at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science - Evansville, IN

- The Young Heir (oil, 22"x28") received the Museum Guild Purchase Award and the Jeanne Bowman Ellenstein Purchase Award, becoming part of the Museum's permanent contemporary collection.

 

Illinois State Fair Professional Art Exhibition in Springfield, IL

- Aaronaut (oil, 24"x24") selected to exhibit & received an Honorable Mention

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Contemporary Realism Biennial Juried Exhibition

- Aaronaut (oil, 24"x24") selected to exhibit

 

2013

The Richeson 75 International Portrait/Figure competition held at the Richeson Gallery in Kimberly, WI

- Mark accepted as a finalist

Illinois State Fair Professional Art Exhibition in Springfield, IL

- Works accepted: Sid & Mark

The Pastel Journal's Annual "Pastel 100" International Competition

- Honorable Mention: Tom "Bear" ~ published in the April 2013 issue of Pastel Journal Magazine, page 76.

3 Works accepted into the Springfield Art Association's (SAA) 1st "Stories Behind the Faces" Exhibition: Tom "Bear", Randy, & Scott

 

2012

Bicentennial Art Center 58th Annual Fall Juried Exhibition

3 Works Accepted: Tom "Bear", Scott, Notes from the Trail

- Best of Show award and Paris Bridge Club Choice award: Tom "Bear"

- Honorable Mention: Scott

October National Juried Art Competition in Decatur, IL

Works accepted: Randy and Sid

- Marguerite McNamara Best of Show award: Sid

Illinois State Fair Professional Art Exhibition in Springfield, IL

Works accepted: Tom "Bear", Randy, Scott, and Aaron

- 1st Place (Painting Category): Tom "Bear"

- 3rd Place (Drawing & Graphics Category): Scott

Bicentennial Art Center's Annual "Paint Illinois" exhibition

- Best of Show award: Sid

 

2011

Dual Exhibit at the Crawfordsville, Indiana Public Library (Nov.)

Southwest Art Magazine's "21 under 31" annual international competition

- 2nd place: Scott ~ published in the September 2011 issue of Southwest Art Magazine, page 84.

Bicentennial Art Center's Annual "Paint Illinois" exhibition

- Merit Award & Paris Bridge Club Choice Award: Randy

 

2010

55th Mid-States Art Competition at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, & Science - Evansville, IN

- Bob Davies Merit Award: Tom "Bear"

Main Street Bistro Monthly Show (Oct.) in Palestine, IL

- First Place: Mason

Four works accepted into the October National in Decatur, IL

Works accepted: Capture the Light, Mason, Tom "Bear", & Will

- Best of Show: Capture the Light

Two works accepted into 64 Arts (national competition) in Monmouth, IL

Works accepted: Tom "Bear" & Capture the Light

 

2009

The Artist's Magazine's 26th Annual Art Competition

Student/Beginner Division, Portrait/Figure Category

- Third Place: Will ~ published in the Jan./Feb. 2010 issue of The Artist's magazine, page 97

Bicentennial Art Center 55th Annual Fall Juried Exhibition

- Honorable Mention: August

Solo Exhibition at the Georgetown Public Library - Georgetown, IL

Art on the Prairie 6th Annual Fine Arts Festival - Streator, IL

- Third Place

 

2008

Edgar Co. Student Art Show

- Paris Bridge Club Choice Award: Will

Bicentennial Art Center 54th Annual Fall Juried Exhibition

- Honorable Mention: Mason

 

2007

Edgar County Student Art Show

- Judge's Choice: "The Children"

- First Place: "Andrea"

Edgar County Fair

- Sweepstakes, Adult Division: "The Children"

- First Place, Adult Division: "The Children"

- First Place, Junior Division: "Katie Beth"

- First Place, Junior Division: "Looking at You"

Art Heritage Show at Lake Land College

- Honorable Mention

Illinois State Fair

- Second Place, Junior Division: "Andrea"

 

2006

Edgar County Student Art Show

- Honorable Mention: "Elf"

Edgar County Fair

- Sweepstakes, Adult Division: "Beauty"

- First Place, Adult Division: "Beauty"

- First Place, Junior Division: "Andrea"

 

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