Fred Tomaselli, ‘NYTimes, Sunday, July 31, 2016’, 2016, Print, Gouache and archival inkjet print on watercolor paper, Cancer Research Institute Benefit Auction
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Fred Tomaselli

NYTimes, Sunday, July 31, 2016, 2016

Gouache and archival inkjet print on watercolor paper
10 1/2 × 11 5/8 in
26.7 × 29.5 cm
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Cancer Research Institute Benefit Auction

Drawing upon art historical sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions, Fred Tomaselli’s …

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Fred Tomaselli
American, b. 1956
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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.”

Fred Tomaselli, ‘NYTimes, Sunday, July 31, 2016’, 2016, Print, Gouache and archival inkjet print on watercolor paper, Cancer Research Institute Benefit Auction
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Drawing upon art historical sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions, Fred Tomaselli’s works explode in mesmerizing patterns that appear to grow organically across his compositions. Tomaselli takes inspiration from actual New York Times front pages, and picks those that strike him most to create an …

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Fred Tomaselli / James Cohan Gallery
Fred Tomaselli
American, b. 1956
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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.”

Fred Tomaselli

NYTimes, Sunday, July 31, 2016, 2016

Gouache and archival inkjet print on watercolor paper
10 1/2 × 11 5/8 in
26.7 × 29.5 cm
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