Fred Tomaselli, ‘Bloom’, 2011, Heritage Auctions
Fred Tomaselli, ‘Bloom’, 2011, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Abrasion upper right; crease lower right; Sheet is loose. Unframed

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil in lower margin

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About Fred Tomaselli

In his exquisitely detailed paintings and collages, Fred Tomaselli renders abstract patterns, human figures, and natural forms in a range of unorthodox materials—such as medicinal herbs, prescription drugs, hallucinogenic plants, and cuttings from printed material—which he arranges on wood panels in a thick layer of clear resin. His meticulous compositions swirl across the picture plane like psychedelic visions or Medieval tapestry patterns. Tomaselli sees his works as surreal and hallucinatory universes, in which viewers are apt to lose themselves to a vortex of imagery and ornament. He is particularly interested in the notion of utopia and its various iterations in creative movements, from the Transcendentalists to the Beatniks, describing his work as a sort of “search for transcendence.”

American, b. 1956, Santa Monica, California, based in Brooklyn, New York

Solo Shows

2016
Toledo Museum of Art, 
Toledo, ON, Canada,
Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli's Birds

Group Shows

2018
New York,
2018
2017
2017
New York,
Contemporary Magic
2013
International Print Center, New York, 
New York City, NY, United States,
News/Prints

Fair History on Artsy

2018
Graphicstudio USF at IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair 2018
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