Karen Klassen



I’m an illustrator. Painter. Surface Pattern Designer.

As far as the materials I use, I can’t stay true to one medium. I want them all.

I’ve worked on advertising campaigns for fashion brands, malls, cat food and yogurt. I’ve made children’s books and adult books (no, not those kind). I’ve made artwork for magazines around the world. I’ve created large, pretty murals to disguise ugly spaces. I’ve painted portraits, and illustrated live fashion events.

You should send me a note. I know we’ll get along, and I would love to make you something.

Bitch• Maisonneuve•MORE•Out•Psychologies France•Psychologies Russia• Quill and Quire•Rolling Stone•Sunday Times Magazine•LA Weekly•The National Post•Scholastic Inc•OwlKids
Bridgestone Tires•Labatt Kokanee•Yoplait•Amway•Boiron

Desjardins Bank•Option Snowboards•Purina•Proctor + Gamble•Rogers•UN



American Illustration • Communication Arts •Society of Illustrators •Applied Arts
3x3 Pro Show, Pro Show Silver Medal) •Creative Quarterly
AR100 Top Ten Illustrated Annual Reports •Alberta Magazines Showcase Awards
Ad Rodeo Distinction, Anvil + merit




Artist In Residence, The Banff Centre, Fall '15
The Big Bang Show, Toronto ON '15
Figure Show, Christine Klassen Gallery, Calgary AB '15
Illustrator Show, Midtowne Gallery, Calgary AB '15
Figure Show, Rabbit Hole Gallery, Okotoks AB '15
ISM Show, Grand Central Art Centre, Santa Ana California '12
Coax Me, The Chalet Glasgow UK '11
A Labor of Line Show, Nucleus Gallery Los Angeles '10
S-t-i-t-c-h Show, Uppercase Gallery Calgary '09
Work/Life show and book, Uppercase Gallery Calgary '09
Old School Show and book, Uppercase Gallery Calgary '08
Know by Heart, Element Eden Toronto, Vancouver '08
Shatner Show and Book, Uppercase Gallery '07
Apple Show, Uppercase Gallery '06

Lolita, Shisomiso Boutique and Gallery Calgary '10
Fashion Portraits, Shisomiso Boutique and Gallery '08


Profiled & Published In:

The Oprah Magazine, Favorite Things December 2013 edition
The Guardian
Taschen Illustration Now Journal 2014
Taschen Illustration Now Tear Off Calendar 2014
The London Telegraph, Sunday Edition 2013
Communication Arts, Feature Sep/Oct 2012
Taschen Illustration Now! 2011
Gestalten Illustrators Unlimited 2011
1,000 Portrait Illustrations, Quarry Books
Drawn In 2011
Lurzer's Archive Special 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 2011
Communications Arts Fresh August 2010
Meishi/LIttle Graphic Art Gallery of the World
Fashion Magazine
Snowboard Canada
Alberta Home
The Globe and Mail
The Calgary Herald
The Calgary Sun
Avenue Magazine

The Guardian
Book By Its Cover
Communications Arts Fresh
Antler Magazine, Vol 3 Vintage
Applied Arts Wire
Applied Arts Extra

Global TV

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