Tom LaDuke, ‘Last Laugh’, 2015, Miles McEnery Gallery

About Tom LaDuke

Tom LaDuke deploys meticulous and labor-intensive processes in the creation of his paintings and hyper-realistic sculptures. His recent paintings, part of an ongoing series, involve the application of four distinct layers of paint to the canvas: the first three are delicately applied with an airbrush to depict the screen of a TV that captures scenes of his studio as reflected in the glass, as well as glimpses of films playing on the screen. The fourth layer is a jarring, thick, and apparently haphazard application of oil paint that produces the effect of two separate paintings colliding on the same canvas. Using delicate materials, his sculptures painstakingly replicate objects, as seen in Flemish Veil (2010) where LaDuke recreates the cracks in a Dutch painting using eyelashes and arm hair. Run generator (2009) is a plastic shopping bag, made from graphite and glue, which appears almost to float.

American, b. 1963, Holyoke, Massachusetts, based in Los Angeles, California