NYC-based artist, Karin Haas, tells us about her drawings

Kaarin Haas is an artist based in New York. She spends her days working on her drawings, which have lately been in the eye of the Art community on Instagram. With a particularly clean and colorful aesthetic, Karin has charmed everyone with her beautiful artworks.


Let's start with a bit of a basic question: let's talk about who you are and where you're based.

I am an artist living and working in New York City.

How has your journey brought you to where you are today? Have you always wanted to become an artist?

Yes, when I was little I knew I wanted to be an artist. At nine years old my parents signed me up for art classes at our local art museum. Making things and being around other creative children like myself was very inspiring and fun!

 Untitled, colored pencil drawing, 25.5" x 19.5", 2017

Untitled, colored pencil drawing, 25.5" x 19.5", 2017

 Once Again 4, dry pastel on paper, 25.5" x 19.5", 2017

Once Again 4, dry pastel on paper, 25.5" x 19.5", 2017

Your medium of choice seem to be primarily pencil: have you always enjoyed using solely this medium or did you experiment with various forms of art before settling on one?

I really love to draw because I can be spontaneous and I like the idea and challenge of only using two materials to create something that is minimal but still very intricate and complex.

We have noticed you have created sculptures in the past which seem to reflect your technique in regards to drawing: will you continue creating solely drawings and sculptures?

I had been interested in making sculptures for a long time but couldn’t decide how I wanted to show my ideas. My drawings look like objects and so it felt natural to move towards sculpture. It’s important to me that my work progresses and evolves naturally. The transition into sculpture is still very new for me and as I continue to explore this medium my hope is that my sculptures will eventually be just as playful as my drawings.

Your artworks are stunning. Some of them have no title or reference to any subject. Do you think of transmitting a particular subject or theme when creating your pieces?

I have not titled most of my works and there is not a particular reason why. My most recent colored pencil drawing is titled, “Modern Moon”, and a recent series of pastel drawings is titled, “Once Again”. Over the past few years my work output has increased and titling pieces is a good way for me to stay organized.

 Once Again 3, dry pastel on paper, 25.5" x 19.5", 2017 & Once Again 6, dry pastel on paper, 25.5" x 19.5", 2017

Once Again 3, dry pastel on paper, 25.5" x 19.5", 2017 & Once Again 6, dry pastel on paper, 25.5" x 19.5", 2017

 Modern Moon, colored pencil drawing, 25.5" x 19.5", 2017

Modern Moon, colored pencil drawing, 25.5" x 19.5", 2017

In terms of inspiration, do you have certain artists, music or places that have inspired your work in the past?

My inspiration is a reflection of my surroundings and everyone closest to me. Just yesterday I walked to The MET to view David Hockney’s retrospective. It was nice to see Hockney’s creative journey in person. His choice of composition and sense of color has always inspired to me.

Your collaboration with Barcelona based brand Paloma Wool for the production of a silk scarf was beautiful – was there any kind of struggle you faced with working for a fabric-based project? How did you go on about working for a brand rather than your own art?

Paloma Wool reached out to me directly to inquire about collaborating and suggested I make a large drawing that would later be printed on a limited edition silk scarf. I was already a fan of Paloma Wool and was excited to get started on the project. We talked further about color and composition but I was given creative freedom with the design. It was incredible to see the completed scarf and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to collaborate with Paloma Wool.

Have you got any upcoming project that particularly excite you and where do you see yourself next?

I have a few special projects and collaborations in the works that I am more than excited about. Unfortunately, I cannot say more at this time, but stay tuned!