Publisher: CANADA, ISBN: 9780998523217, Format: Hardcover, 279 x 203mm, 176pp
This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of Katherine Bernhardt's wildly popular pattern paintings. Spanning 2013 through 2016, it collects over 100 of her brightly coloured canvases.
Well known for paintings of super models ripped from glossy fashion magazines and, more recently, Moroccan rug motifs, in 2013 Bernhardt dropped all direct quotation and now paints straight from her imagination, mining her own fertile reservoir of experience, imagery and sensation. Since then, Bernhardt has produced paintings that mix an assortment of objects reflecting her daily experiences, from life in New York to her love of Puerto Rico, her Saint Louis roots and family life.
The objects are painted with incredible verve and tenacity, and include a jumble of the following items on colourfully activated grounds: watermelon slices, boom boxes, computers, pizza slices, cassette tapes, hamburgers, basketballs, old cell phones, airplanes, fruit, sharks, water, sea turtles, cigarettes, sharpies and keyboards. Bernhardt presents a slightly delirious feeling of New York City, the out-of-date and the up-to-the-minute all in one.