Karin Jurick’s Museum Patrons

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The people watching is an added bonus to the incredible creativity that lines the walls of an art museum. Karin Jurick made sense of this by observing patrons as they intently look at iconic artworks, capturing these moments with her camera. She later paints both the people and the pieces that captivated their attention for her voyeuristic series called Museum Patrons.

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A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by George Seurat

Jurick’s concept has her recreate some of the world’s most renowned paintings like Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss and Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. These prized works are treated with the same attention to detail as the passerbys, whose attitudes are the most compelling part of Museum Patrons. Their body language demonstrates how they prefer to observe the art, and everyone has a slightly different style. Some lean into the paintings, trying to soak up every detail. Others look with their arms on their hips and head cocked, trying to discern what the piece means. Some simply look bored.

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper
Nighthawks by Edward Hopper
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
Irises by Claude Monet
Irises by Claude Monet
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

Jurick compiled a selection of her favorite Museum Patrons paintings into a self-published book called ArtistZ. The alphabet-style publication features and A to Z presentation of inspiring painters, including an image of her work as well as a quote from each artist.

Girl Before a Mirror by Pablo Picasso 
Girl Before a Mirror by Pablo Picasso
The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell
The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell
 American Gothic by Grant Wood
American Gothic by Grant Wood
The Red Armchair, Portrait of Sylvette David, and Femme Assise by Pablo Picasso
The Red Armchair, Portrait of Sylvette David, and Femme Assise by Pablo Picasso
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso
Dance by Henri Matisse
Dance by Henri Matisse
Close Encounter by Chuck Close
Close Encounter by Chuck Close

This is evidently a wonderful encounter with a painting in a painting.

Karin Jurick: Website

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