Karen Gunderson: The Dark World of Light

Artist Karen Gunderson has tackled subjects from clouds to royalty to the cosmos, however, since the 1980s she transitioned from painting in color to working only in black. Her long-developed, labor intensive technique, including rigorous brushwork and paint layering, employs a range of black shades that create a unique three-dimensional effect. The multiple textures from the paint catch light and make the paintings shimmer and appear to move, alternating with shadows and highlights that illuminate her subjects.

Tracing the life and career of the artist, Karen Gunderson is written by the Pulitzer Prize winning author and critic Elizabeth Frank. Oversized and lavishly illustrated with more than 100 illustrations—that shows how the artist pushes the limits to what one can do with black paint. She has distinguished herself not only with her use of figurative subjects, but also the way her works radiate a quiet optimism—a sharp contrast with this dark medium.

Published in 2016, this hardcover, slip-cased book is a signed, limited edition of 1,500. 

252 pages, 12.7 x 1.6 x 12.6 inches, 8.2 pounds. There is a two-week order time.