What makes this Karin Jurick’s artwork interesting is that her paintings do not only depict particular objects but she also always includes patrons standing observing a painting. It becomes her only trademark that including someone watching a painting on an exhibition is one package in her paintings.
Before she starts painting, Jurick would observe some patrons from afar as they attentively look at iconic paintings, then she would capture this moment with her camera. She then starts painting both the people and the pieces as taken in her photographs for her voyeuristic series called Museum patrons. Her idea is that actually she wanted to recreate the world most famous paintings such as The Kiss by Gustav Klimt and Starry Nights by Vincent van Gough. As she did the paintings, she paid attention to details; both those precious works, as well as the passersby included, are treated the same way.
For her, the patrons’ attitudes in her paintings become the most compelling part. There are different kinds of attitude or body language shown by the patrons she tries to demonstrate in her paintings, such as a person leaning into the paintings as if trying to soak up every detail. Some look with their arms on their hips and head cocked, maybe trying to discern what the painting means, and some others simply look boring. For her inventory, usually, Jurick would compile a selection of her favorite Museum Patrons paintings into a self-public book called ArtistZ. The alphabet style publication shows her inspiring presentations from A to Z. That includes images of her work and also quotes from each artist as well.