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Gary Baseman

I am your piñata, 2002

Oil on canvas
41 3/10 × 35 2/5 in
105 × 90 cm
location
Madrid
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Gary Baseman
American, b. 1960
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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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Gary Baseman
American, b. 1960
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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.

Gary Baseman

I am your piñata, 2002

Oil on canvas
41 3/10 × 35 2/5 in
105 × 90 cm
location
Madrid
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