Gary Baseman
American, born 1960
Oh, The Places We Have Been: Rediscovering the Past,
Jonathan LeVine Projects
Greetings From New York City: Jonathan LeVine Gallery Visits Berlin,
Jonathan LeVine Projects

Gary Baseman is a painter and illustrator whose works have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. Referencing cartoon imagery, how-to-diagrams, and children’s books, his work blends a sense of whimsy with darker, moodier themes—wide-eyed devils, nymphs, skeletons, and beasts seem almost to float and frolic through his compositions, their apparent innocence in contrast with their inherent creepiness. In works like Speaking in Tongues (2005), he incorporates images from an extensive collection of vintage photographs into his paintings, infusing them with a sense of melancholic nostalgia.

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