Davi Det Hompson

American, 1939-1996

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Davi Det Hompson

American, 1939-1996

Biography

Best known for his text-based posters, artist’s books, and mail art, David Det Hompson—a nom d’art for David E. Thompson—turned to abstract painting later in his career, eventually producing monochromatic layers of encaustic on shaped slabs of concrete or burlap-covered wood. Hompson was associated with the neo-Dadaist movement, Fluxus, during the 1960s and ’70s, drawing attention to the formal quality of letters and words in booklets of statements and anecdotes in which he printed sentences such as, “A university art instructor, after reading a showing of my writings, lit his pipe and said, ‘Please tell me, do you think I should continue to paint?’” Later painting or inscribing abstract figures onto box-like supports that suggest ancient tablets, he ultimately reduced his work down to the support itself, covering them with textured wax skins.

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Biography

Best known for his text-based posters, artist’s books, and mail art, David Det Hompson—a nom d’art for David E. Thompson—turned to abstract painting later in his career, eventually producing monochromatic layers of encaustic on shaped slabs of concrete or burlap-covered wood. Hompson was associated with the neo-Dadaist movement, Fluxus, during the 1960s and ’70s, drawing attention to the formal quality of letters and words in booklets of statements and anecdotes in which he printed sentences such as, “A university art instructor, after reading a showing of my writings, lit his pipe and said, ‘Please tell me, do you think I should continue to paint?’” Later painting or inscribing abstract figures onto box-like supports that suggest ancient tablets, he ultimately reduced his work down to the support itself, covering them with textured wax skins.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 1 more
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition