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Corrigan Gallery 

7 Broad Street

Charleston SC 29401


Recent Show:  Beyond the Sea : Abstracting the Colors of the Coast  March 1 - 31, 2018

From Charleston City Paper:

This new collection of paintings are inspired by the colors found in nature along the Charleston coast. Out-to-sea blues, bright beach life, peaceful pink tones of the marsh, and ocean greens inform these abstract paintings. Olah, who has painted seascapes and landscapes in recent years, is excited about a return to the non-objective: “My new abstracts have a sense of organic lines found in nature and in the sea but with no obvious setting. I can push the layering of brushstrokes and fabric to a place where the material and color are the main focus.”


With a secret bit of fabric, a collage of textures, Olah infuses a surprise in her multi-media paintings. “I work in a layering process. First, I dye my own colors on cotton, linen, and silk, and then I collage that fabric atop gouache and acrylic paints, pastel, and pencil,” says Olah. The paintings, from a distance, have a depth in color and texture, but when up close, you can see the hand-dyed linen, vintage textiles, and southern seersucker fabrics. 


Karin Olah’s love of fabric runs deep. As a girl, growing up in Pennsylvania, she was enamored with quilts. She majored in Fiber Art at Maryland Institute College of Art. She worked in fashion in New York City, dyeing clothes for the Runway and costumes for Broadway.    


Olah exhibits her art throughout the East Coast. Her work is found in public collections and has been featured on the cover of Charleston Magazine and on posters for Piccolo Spoleto and Charleston Farmers Market. In 2015, Olah was named Lowcountry Artist of the Year.  This will be Ms. Olah’s 6th solo show at Corrigan Gallery, which has represented her art since 2005.


When asked why she uses fabric in her paintings, Olah says, “ I look for metaphorical connections between fabric and subject matter. I connect how a wave moves with the flutter of silk and a choppy harbor with the warp and weft of a weaving. Fabric contains memories that we can all connect with - even in an abstract way.”

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