Mark Tansey

American, b. 1949

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Mark Tansey

American, b. 1949

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Mark Tansey's densely imaginative canvases derive from a labor-intensive composition process. Using a huge trove of collected material, including his own photographs and magazine clippings, Tansey manipulates, crops, combines, and photocopies the forms. His collages serve as studies for large, monochromatic oil paintings of figures and landscapes, whose precise photographic quality is achieved by applying gesso and then washing, brushing, and scraping paint into it. Though they resemble straightforward narrative scenes, the paintings are full of visual puns and references. Wake (2003), one of many works in ultramarine blue, hides a portrait of novelist and poet James Joyce in a speeding boat's wake.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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High auction record
$7m, Sotheby's, 2018
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Biography

Mark Tansey's densely imaginative canvases derive from a labor-intensive composition process. Using a huge trove of collected material, including his own photographs and magazine clippings, Tansey manipulates, crops, combines, and photocopies the forms. His collages serve as studies for large, monochromatic oil paintings of figures and landscapes, whose precise photographic quality is achieved by applying gesso and then washing, brushing, and scraping paint into it. Though they resemble straightforward narrative scenes, the paintings are full of visual puns and references. Wake (2003), one of many works in ultramarine blue, hides a portrait of novelist and poet James Joyce in a speeding boat's wake.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$7m, Sotheby's, 2018
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more