Inspired by the colors and light of the Southern coastal landscape, Karin Olah uses fabric, along with gouache and acrylic paint, pencil, and pastel, to create beautiful, multi-layered paintings. Karin’s subject matter ranges from seascape to abstract expressionism to a dreamy place in-between. She hand-dyes cotton, linen, silk, and vintage textiles to create a one-of-a-kind palette of colors.
Born in 1977 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Karin combines her interest in quilt making, a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, a background in fashion design in NYC, and an ever-growing fabric collection to add layers of texture, depth, and color to her work.
She paints most days at her studio in the Cigar Factory in Charleston. Her work has been featured in House & Garden Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Elements of Style Blog, Furbish Studio, One Kings Lane, on the cover of Charleston Magazine, and in American Contemporary Art Magazine, Charleston Style & Design, and Coastal Isles Magazine.
Karin's art is represented at:
Gregg Irby Gallery in Atlanta Georgia,
Hillary Whitaker Gallery of Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida.
Karin is the 2015 recipient of the Griffith/Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award.
Corporate Collections include Medical University of South Carolina, Baptist Beaches Hospital, Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center Jacksonville, St. Thomas Ritz Carlton, Citadel College, and City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs. She is a former board member of Redux Contemporary Art Center.
Karin has lived in Boulder Colorado, Brooklyn New York, Hilo Hawaii, Baltimore Maryland, Lititz Pennsylvania, and Manasquan, New Jersey. Charleston has been home since 2003 where she along with her husband Craig Knowlton and their 2 daughters enjoy golfing, beach trips, hiking in the woods, and chasing after Joby the Labradoodle.