Jef Gunn

Portland, Oregon, USA

I grew up in the 50s and 60s, along the West Coast from Seattle and Portland to Pasadena and Honolulu. Learned to paint in the 70s in Central California; moved back to the NW for the light and a crazy love for damp and darkness. Nowadays, I really rather like it on the East side of the state and I’m spending more time back in Hawai’i. Extended periods of study in both Barcelona and Paris in the 1980s had a strong hand in developing my methods of painting and understanding of art. All that has been leavened by attitudes and practices of pre-modern Asian art : Sung to Ming dynasties in China; Kamakura to Edo to Meiji periods in Japan. These painters were modern before the West knew what it meant.

Books by Jef Gunn