About Carl Karni-Bain
Carl Karni Bain (BAI) received his fine arts training at the California College of Arts and Craft in Oakland California with an emphasis on classical drawing and painting. He has exhibited extensively in, the San Francisco Bay area, North Carolina, New York, China, and Europe.
His work forms part of the permanent collection of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and the Harrison Museum of African America Culture. His works can be found in private and domestic collections as well as internationally in Australia, Spain, England, Italy, China, France, Canada, Sweden, Holland, Ireland, and Germany.
David Gresalfi writes that BAI has made the concept of the mask his chosen vehicle for exploring the boundaries of abstraction and representational form. By reminding us of our earliest obsession with recognizing and reading faces, he asks: What is it that you want to see in this picture?
His figures and faces seem to lack exterior warmth, while retaining and communicating a powerful sense of mystery.
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