Karen Gun­der­son’s paint­ings are finely de­tailed and filled with iden­ti­fi­able im­agery. Var­i­ous el­e­ments in the com­po­si­tion are de­lin­eated not by color but by tex­tures and their light-cap­tur­ing prop­er­ties.

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Orig­i­nally from Wis­con­sin, Gun­der­son earned her mas­ters in paint­ing from the Univer­sity of Iowa, where her art­work was in­flu­enced by neu­ro­phys­i­ol­o­gist Steve Fox’s re­search into brain forms. In the late 1960s, as a teacher at Cor­nell Col­lege in Mount Ver­non, Iowa, she cre­ated Plex­i­glas for­ma­tions us­ing brain form im­agery and, later, clouds, a sub­ject she be­gan to paint us­ing acrylics some years later. She stopped teach­ing in 1981 at the sug­ges­tion of her long­time friend, the ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ist Elaine de Koon­ing, to de­vote more time to her art and to rais­ing a fam­ily.

Gun­der­son has a dif­fer­ent stylis­tic ap­proach for each body of work or se­ries of paint­ings. The waves in

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