Michael Tompkins
Red Hammer High Rise, 2006
Oil on paper
Image size: 36.25 X 12.25
Framed size: 45 X 20
$15,000

Michael Tompkins Biography

born 1955, Chester, PA

EDUCATION
1983 MFA in Painting, University of California, Davis, CA. 1981 BA in Painting, University of California, Davis, CA. 1978 AA, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA.

Michael Tompkins was born to paint plywood—to be precise, the edges of plywood panels. In each of the five paintings in his New York debut at the Paul Thiebaud Gallery, Mr. Tompkins brings an astonishing gift for trompe l’oeil mimicry to depictions of the sad sack of lumber. Aligned along the bottom edge of each canvas, exquisitely limned plywood planks hold a variety of objects. To name just a few: fruit, a flashlight, a billiard ball, a roll of twine, books about Arthur Dove and by Monica Ali, power tools, marbles and a bottle of A-1 steak sauce, albeit without the telltale logo.

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