The Revealing Paintings of Karen Ösp Pálsdóttir

Hello Everyone! My name is Karen Ösp Pálsdóttir, I am from Reykjavík but am currently based in Baltimore. I recently got my BFA from MICA. After graduation I went back to Iceland and painted for a few months. While I was in Iceland I made a small series of paintings for the band Halleluwah. They used the images as album art for their debut LP.

I make my paintings by dissecting my reference images into multiple digital layers, creating an accumulated image over time. The process always begins with a black silhouette of the portrait and finalizes with small white transparent marks.


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