HOW IT ALL BEGAN
My name is Karen and I am a self-taught artist from London. My work explores the beauty and complexity of the African Diaspora and is inspired by the time I spend living between Barbados, the UK and the USA. This blessing allows me to express the plurality of my identity through a postmodern lens.
My artwork delves, shifts, manipulates, interrogates and pushes the boundaries of identity in a post-modern world and examines how they relate to the African diaspora from a feminine perspective. I paint with a purposeful range of colours, which have all been specially chosen to represent certain elements of my ideologies.
COMBINING ART AND THE CORPORATE WORLD
I have not always been an artist, in fact I am a sociologist and hold a MSC in Sociology and Race and Relations. I have spent the last 20 years in the corporate world combining my discipline with artistic based learning techniques to develop transformational business strategies for a wide range of organisations.
I specialise in artistic-based team-building activities, ranging from paint and prosecco nights to painting jigsaw workshops. I run a range of programs and workshops based on visual thinking strategies for those interested in combining art into their organisational learning and development, diversity training, or strategy building programs.
SO WHO IS OYA I HEAR YOU SAY?
Oya is one of the most powerful African Goddesses (Orishas). A Warrior-Queen, much of Oya’s power is rooted in the natural world; She is the Goddess of thunder, lightning, tornadoes, winds, rainstorms and hurricanes. A Fire Goddess, it is Oya who brings rapid change and aids us in both inner and outer transformation. Oya is the protectress of women and patron of feminine leadership. Fiercely loving, She is wildly unpredictable, passionate, fearless, sensual and independent.
My art just like Oya, is here to evoke change challenge perceptions, stereotypes and promote self love and care.
My name is Karen Alleyne, I am a London based artist who specialise in Acrylic on Canvas painting. My work explores the plurality and complexity of the African diaspora in all of it’s forms.