Israel Lund


acrylic on raw canvas
10 3/4 x 6 1/16 inches

I love images, but I also love the physicality of the container. That’s just as important to me. – Israel Lund

Using acrylic ink silkscreened on raw canvas, Israel Lund lays bare the mechanics of image consumption in an era when imagery is the ever-present, dominant visual currency. His paintings often have the texture of enlarged, distorted, or pixelated images, and they simultaneously acknowledge and reject their source. In Untitled (Head in Hand), the close-up shot of an open mouth is from a Francis Bacon painting. The screaming mouth shows up often in Bacon’s work, and a variety of image and film sources inspired him to use it. For Lund, the image is a perfect choice, since he is now adding his own version of the open-mouth scream to a long line of artists and filmmakers who were inspired by it for decades before him. Lund’s work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions, including his presentation at The Power Station in 2015. His work is in the public collections of Dallas Museum of Art; Cincinnati Art Museum; and Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, among others.