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Karin Broos (1950-) Sweden

Karin Broos is a Swedish artist who was born in Uppsala in 1950. Broos primarily makes paintings, and typical subjects include the home, studio, and nature in the Swedish province of Värmland. A certain mystique permeates Broos’ paintings, which often depict people facing away from the viewer, as if in a quiet, empty, and perhaps threatening environment. Her work frequently conjures a sense of tension, as though conflict or darkness lurked just beneath the surface. But at the same time, they can be perceived as recollections of daily life with no trace of menace or conflict. 
Broos uses photography as reference material and often repeats motifs in her paintings. Through this process, she explores the difference between photography and painting.