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Tomma Abts’ precise drawings and paintings have a contemplative intimacy and formal rigour that evoke a feeling of the timeless. Through an intuitive and experimental process of working and overlaying, abstract forms and patterns emerge from lush, muted layers of colour, creating a kind of visual conversation or maybe even a psychological portrait.

Usually working in A4 and always in portrait format, Abts has created this limited edition for the Whitechapel Gallery as a pair of lithographic prints and one of the special annual Whitechapel Gift editions for 2012, all proceeds go to towards assisting the Gallery education programme to help support the next generation of talented artists.

Signature: Signed and numbered

About Tomma Abts

Winner of the 2006 Turner Prize, painter Tomma Abts makes small-scale, hard-edged abstractions that are the result of a rigorous working method. Using no source material, Abts builds the surfaces slowly, defining line and shape on overlapping layers. While the images often seem on the verge of representation, through Abts’s use of flattened perspective and color combinations, they always veer toward abstraction. Each painting is measured to exactly the same dimensions, and her titles, such as Isko (2008) and Teite (2008), are drawn from a German dictionary of first names, emphasizing each painting’s individuality and imparting a deeper sense of history and narrative to the canvases.

German, b. 1967, Kiel, Germany

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

John Zurier and Friends, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
Summer Choices: A Group Exhibition, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
Tomma Abts: Four New Etchings, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
Abstract Mash-Up II, Crown Point Press, San Francisco