Blair Thurman
American, born 1961
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Galerie Andrea Caratsch
Blair Thurman 'Mature Blonde',
Almine Rech Gallery

In his sculptures and installations, Blair Thurman, a painter at heart, explores the history of painting and its place in our media-saturated contemporary culture. Using the traditional materials of painting, wooden stretchers, canvas, and paint, often in combination with neon tubing (so closely associated with advertising signage), he crafts representational and abstract forms that reference the histories of abstraction, Minimalism, and Pop Art, and the excesses of commercial consumer culture. Motifs from car culture—decals, racetracks, wheels, auto bodies, and seatbelts—permeate his work as design elements, appearing almost abstract. In his “Supermodels” series, Thurman deconstructs racecars, using neon tubing and shaped canvases to present them splayed against the wall like animal pelts, alongside their individual components. Presented as such, the race car becomes many individual …

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