About the Work
For the last forty years, Betty Tompkins has based her paintings on the tension of intimacy and the representation of sexuality, rendering explicit scenes in monochromatic tones. Her large-scale, hyper realistic figure paintings are made from erotic photographs and built layer by layer, using two airbrush nozzles to apply black and white acrylic. Text and language play a large role in Tompkins work, often driving the subject matter and concept of the piece. Her work is not meant to arouse fantasy but to transpose light and shade, the effect of the process enveloping the scene in sfumato. Tompkin's radicalism in the late 60s not only led to the unfortunate censoring of her work, but also the later recognition of her role in the American and European art scene. Like John Currin's famous series in 2006 or Paul McCarthy's sculptures, Tompkins' work has shocked the art milieu and been confiscated by customs, even in an age of omnipresent pornography. Sex Grid #8, though a small study on paper, expresses the same friction and tenderness as a larger work.
Betty Tompkins (b. 1945, Washington DC) has held solo exhibitions at P·P·O·W (New York), GAVLAK (Los Angeles), Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels), J Hammond Projects (London), The Flag Art Foundation (New York) and Ribordy Contemporary (Geneva). Her works can be found in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Centre Pompidou, Musee National d’Art Moderne (Paris), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia), Museum of the City of New York, Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation, (New York) among others. In 2021, MO.CO. Montpellier Contemporain presented Betty Tompkins: Raw Material, a revelatory survey exhibition accompanied by a monograph with specially commissioned texts by Nicolas Bourriaud, Alison M. Gingeras and Géraldine Gourbe, as well as a conversation with Tompkins. She lives and works in New York, NY and Pleasant Mount, PA.
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