Tom Baril, ‘Two and a Half Pears’, 2002, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works

After graduating from New York's School of Visual Arts in 1980 with a BA in photography, Baril served as Robert Mapplethorpe's exclusive print maker. Since then Baril has distanced himself from the Mapplethorpe work and has enjoyed a solo career by bringing to us something uniquely his own--stunning imagery from both behind the camera and out of the darkroom.

In the last 35 years, printmaking is not all that Tom Baril has mastered. He embraces every nuance of his medium. Whether it is 4 x 5 Polaroid pinhole or 8 x 10 collodion wet-plate, Baril manages to astonish us with technically perfect and pure prints. Baril's studies include urban architecture, minimalist seascapes and meticulously detailed botanicals and still lifes.

In the words of one commentator, Baril's "exquisitely imagined and powerfully rendered" images are "…clearly founded upon the photographic masters of the past. But his tones and techniques demonstrate a contemporary vision, offering an elegant synthesis of artistic tradition and current aesthetics." In other words, the effect achieved in Baril's work is "both classic and contemporary."

Tom Baril's work has been the subject of two monographs, the highly acclaimed sold out self-titled book published by 4AD in 1997, and Botanica published by Arena Editions in 1999. His work has been featured in numerous publications, and is in prestigious collections, both public and private, including: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography, the George Eastman House, Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum, The Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Polaroid Collection and the Elton John Collection.

Framing is extra.

Signature: Signed, titled and dated on verso of mount in pencil.

From the artist.

About Tom Baril

Tom Baril’s photographs of flowers and architecture pay homage to early pioneers of the medium in their graceful, precise compositions and vintage-looking, sepia-toned appearance. Baril relies in large part on analog methods such as collodion processing, a technique he mastered while working for Robert Mapplethorpe in the 1980s. Baril prints the images with meticulousness, balancing the sensuous lines of the plants with the sharp quality of the image resolution. His photographs of urban architecture, often picturing towering monuments to cosmopolitan American, communicate similar technical finesse.

American, b. 1952, based in Sarasota, FL, USA