WAG Celebrating Local Painter Karel Funk

WAG Celebrating Local Painter Karel Funk

By Sarah Klein

Karel Funk
Karel Funk Untitled (Blue Hood) (HORT FAMILY COLLECTION, 303 GALLERY, NEW YORK)

The newest exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery is featuring the works of contemporary painter Karel Funk.

Funk, a native of Winnipeg, has received international recognition for his portraits of lone figures clothed in contemporary gear.

“Karel Funk mixes components of the secular and devotional portrait with the still life while maximizing the viewer’s engagement with his paintings. They’re stunning,” said Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG director and CEO.

“The WAG is Winnipeg’s art gallery and what could be better than being able to showcase one of Winnipeg’s own.”

Funk’s paintings are held in collections of major museums, from the Guggenheim and the Whitney in New York to the National Gallery of Canada and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

A free public opening of the exhibit runs tonight from 7-10 p.m. at the WAG. Karel Funk’s work will be on display until October 2.