wild growth

wild growth

We are pleased to present a new lithograph by the Danish painter Karen Gabel Madsen. The piece takes part of its motif from Gunnar Asplund's fantastic City Library in Stockholm. Just like in most of her works, in this piece Madsen works with double exposures of culture and nature – giant ferns seem to grow out of the City Library's stark white interior, having the same round shape as the room itself.

Karen Gabel Madsen's painting teeters between abstraction and figuration; landscape and architecture are often fused with layers of elements from nature.

In her paintings, Madsen often works with white paint on raw linen canvas. To imitate this, the lithograph has been printed on a colored paper. On top of that, Madsen's depiction of the interior of the City Library has been printed with two layers of white to get the right shades, then the remaining colors have been printed on top. The lithograph has been produced at Hjørring's graphic workshop in Hjørring, Denmark, in an edition of 40.

Karen Gabel Madsen has exhibited all over Denmark and also extensively in Skåne. For the Stockholm audience, she is perhaps best known for the gigantic window paintings that were part of the Bloomsbury Spirit exhibition at Artipelag a couple of years ago. Her works can also be found in several important Danish collections and in, among others, the collection of the Swedish State Art Council.

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