Amundson is well-known not just as an artist, but as a media star and raconteur. His drawing style is renowned for its careful attention to detail. Many of his drawings make a comment on society, such as the tract housing that he lampoons in some of them. Others are more surrealistic, like 1999's "Longhorn" (above), a pencil-drawn portrait of a beefy businessman with animal horns on his head. Another mythical creature appears in "Medusa," in which a fat old man smoking a cigar has snakes coming out of his American Legion cap.
Amundson's drawings are so meticulous they're almost fanatical, but even more over the top are his sculptural constructions, which include scores of hand-carved and -painted elements. One of them, "United States Marine Corps Memorial Lounge and Disco," which has been exhibited before, is spectacular.
Amundson's work with pencil or chisel is interesting because of the ways in which he combines breathtaking technical skill with a sense of humor. This allows him to wear a straight face as he looks at topics with his tongue placed firmly in his cheek.