Karen Alleyne is a self-taught artist who currently lives in London. Her art explores the beauty and complexity of the African Diaspora, inspired by living between Barbados and the UK, Karen express’s the duality of her identity through a postmodern lens.
The London based visual artist Karen Alleyne, aka Oya Arts, showcases her debut exhibition, The Deliverance of Womban: The sacred passage to self,” at the Azawala Cafe Gallery from 9th November – 1st December 2019.
British-based artist Karen Alleyne had to overcome doubt and self-inflicted negativity before finding the courage to launch her brand ‘OYA ARTS’
Karen hasn’t had any formal training and is self-taught, but her work, which is inspired by the black diaspora as well as her Bajan heritage, has caught the imagination of admirers who seem to relate to her struggle with identity.
Karen spoke to Yello about her artistic career. She told us why she loves to draw, how she goes about creating a painting, and how Barbados has played an important part in her work.