Karsten Creightney, Outskirts, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 66 x 78 inches

Karsten Creightney: Paper Visions

February 4, 2017 – April 1, 2017

February 4 – April 1, 2017

516 ARTS presented a solo show in the upstairs gallery by Karsten Creightney, an accomplished Albuquerque artist and UNM MFA alumnus. Paper Visions was the culmination of Creightney’s latest body of work that combined collage, photographs, printmaking and painting into dream-like tableaus that depicted the intersection of urban and natural environments. By re-contextualizing scraps of found imagery though his multi media process, Creightney focused on the experience of wonder and looks to create a space where new possibility is created from the remnants of the past.

Of his process he says. “I start with paper. I cut it directly from old books. I cut up prints that I create in various media. I use the scraps left from the painting before. I paste it on canvas, wood or thicker pieces of paper to create fields of information. Then I work back into these initial backgrounds with paint, then more collage. Eventually, imagined landscapes emerge from the chaos. Worlds built from remnants.”


Karsten Creightney, born, raised and currently residing in Albuquerque, received his BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He completed the Professional Printer Training Program at the Tamarind Institute and received an MFA in painting from the University of New Mexico. His work is in the collection of the Arkansas Arts Center, Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Flint Institute of Arts, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Springfield (MO) Art Museum and numerous other institutions.

View the exhibition brochure.


Kathaleen Roberts, “Jigsaw imagery” Albuquerque Journal

  • image from Karsten Creightney: Paper Visions
    Roadside Gambler, 2013, 22 x 30 inches
  • image from Karsten Creightney: Paper Visions
    Lagoon, 2016, mixed media, 66 x 78 inches
  • image from Karsten Creightney: Paper Visions
    Chess Players, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 66 inches
  • image from Karsten Creightney: Paper Visions
    Fourth of July Picnic (detail), 2016, mixed media on canvas, 56 x 44 inches