Artist Fred Tomaselli (b. 1956, Santa Monica, California) is a New York City-based painter who is known for his use of unconventional materials. Tomaselli often works with a collection of plants, pills, and a range of images carefully cut from books and magazines. Pulling from this archive, he creates baroque paintings that combine unusual materials and paint under layers of clear epoxy resin. His collages are multilayered combinations of the real, the photographic, and the painterly. Drawing upon a range of art historical sources from Renaissance frescoes to 1960’s Minimalism, and Eastern and Western decorative traditions such as quilts and mosaics, Tomaselli’s paintings explode in mesmerizing patterns that appear to grow organically across his compositions.
He has had other solo exhibitions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; the University of Michigan Museum of Art; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Albright-Knox Gallery of Art; Site Santa Fe; and Whitney Museum of American Art. Tomaselli’s work is in the public collections of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; Albright Knox Gallery; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA.