About the Artist


Karl started practising art in 2012 and whilst he enjoys a range of media he has found particular interest in the development of collagraphic plates as works of art. The original designs are inspired by characters drawn from life with backgrounds that reflect symbols or the atmosphere inspired by the character or image. Many have a humorous, pensive or dark edge to them. All reflect Karl’s continuing interest in people and what lies beneath the surface.

The works are designed with the intention that the plates make the work, but some are suitable for printing and a very limited number of unique mono-prints may be available (1 to 4 individual images may be printed from the plate using different colours.)

Card plates are cut live with a blade and no prior drawing, then shellaced to strengthen and preserve the cut image.  Some images are more abstracted than others.

Two types of shellac are used. A brown one gives a golden wooden hue to the card. Others have clear shellac applied, mixed with pure pigments to colour the plate.

Both types of plate are then used to create a small number of hand made prints. The detail and textures worked into the surface are enhanced by the brushwork and the use of printing inks rubbed into the card.

The collagraphic intaglio prints are individually hand made with a press on high quality watercolour paper and either framed or just mounted.

The imagery for the card ‘plates’ and prints evolved from experimental work around a family based ‘Last Supper’ theme, some extracts of which you can find above, under ‘Galleries – other work’. Individual plates were then cut for each member, using a similar format, before expanding into other character portraits, drawn live using models or friends.

Feel free to explore Karls work, above, in the ‘Galleries’ section and check out Karls ‘Exhibitions’ and  links to the related galleries. Any prices quoted are what you would find in exhibiting galleries.

News about Karl Stern


Pittenweem Art fair – August

I am showing with both the Backgate Gallery and Ian Rollands Studio, with cards available at the Backgate Gallery. Cards ...Read More


Leith School of Art – End of Year Show

Having completed another year enhancing my painting and drawing skills at Leith I am pleased we have come to that ...Read More


Liverpool Art Fair

Karls work will be exposed at an Art Fair for the first time in England at the Liverpool Contemporary Art ...Read More