Three Things You Should Know About Amikam Toren
1. Amikam Toren often buys a painting at a flea market or thrift store and uses it as the basis for his paintings, removing sections of paint or the canvas. This reductivist approach comments on high and low conceptions of painting.
2. He is considered a major figure in British contemporary art, having shown at the Venice Biennale in 1984, winning the John Moores in 1989 and 1988, and he is credited with influencing younger artists including Ceal Floyer, Angela de la Cruz, Marc Quinn, and Jenny Saville.
3. His works can be found in the collections of the Arts Council, the Tate, and the Vehbi Koç Foundation.
Find Toren’s work in the TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art auction, 2013.