Karen Gunderson

First Hudson Karen Gunderson            

Wisconsin born, New York-based Karen Gunderson is a prolific painter internationally known for her mastery of brush stroke. Gunderson transforms blackness into an illuminating experience. The paintings are large, edge-to-edge views of nocturnal seas and skies. Through the use of an ever-so-delicate brushwork, her paintings reflect and refract the light around them to manifest the dramatic illusion of movement and dimension.

karen gunderson black wave painterArtist Statement: “By using only blacks, I’m forcing the focus onto the brush strokes reflected by the light. I paint a form, an image with black paint, and the light makes them visible, like magic. I use a process I call the “haptic.” When I paint an object, the brush follows the interior contours of the image. It is as if I am tracing the surface ofthe volume of the image with my brush…feeling it in space. The final effect produced depends upon the angle of light refraction and the position of the viewer; when you move, the picture changes. I believe I have made a new way to think about painting. It is similar conceptually to the way we view a rainbow. When one observer looks at a rainbow, no one else can see it from that same perspective, and any change in the observer’s point of view produces a new image.”