Fred Tomaselli | the artist




The artist Fred Tomaselli
Born 1956, Santa Monica, California, USA.

Style and technique of the artist: Painting, Sydney Biennale,


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Pill Wheels 1996 assorted pills and capsules, acrylic and resin on wood panel

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Fred Tomaselli makes exquisitely rendered paintings on wood panels, combining an array of unorthodox materials suspended in a thick layer of clear, epoxy resin. Medicinal herbs, prescription pills and hallucinogenic plants are combined with images cut from books and magazines: flowers, birds, butterflies, arms, legs and noses, for example, are worked into dazzling patterns that spread over the surface of the painting like a beautiful virus or growth…

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Ever the idiosyncratic collector, artist Fred Tomaselli amasses actual pills and plants along with a range of images—among them flowers, birds, and anatomical illustrations—carefully cut from books and magazines. Pulling from this visual archive, Tomaselli creates baroque paintings that combine unusual materials and paint under layers of clear epoxy resin. He collages these materials into multilayered combinations of the real, the photographic, and the painterly. Drawing upon a range of art historical sources from Renaissance frescoes to 1960s 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. These handmade scenes reveal both troubling and enlightening details of our world…

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FRED TOMASELLI’s hybrid paintings, drawings, collages and installations explore art’s fundamental relationships to the social in regards to altered perception, escapism, immersive reality, artifice, seduction and utopian/dystopian belief systems…



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