Tom Wood

1951 · Ireland

Artist biography

Tom Wood is an established contemporary artist, who originates from Ireland, like other well-known artists such as Doohpastah, Rian Coughlan, Joe Duggan, Patrick Graham, and Timothy Hawkesworth. Tom Wood was born in 1951.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Tom Wood is represented by two galleries. These are Sit Down in Paris, France and Thomas Erben Gallery in New York, the United States. Tom Wood's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Family Likeness at Sit Down in Paris, France. The exhibition was open from 04 November 2019 until 13 December 2019.

Further Biographical Context for Tom Wood

Born in 1951, Tom Wood was largely influenced by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a desire to grow and reinforce itself, as a reaction to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art materialized by combining essential features of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its prominence, predominantly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists wandering through the downtown scene, visiting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. Towards the end of the 1970s, street art, developing from graffiti, was starting to truly fascinate the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, proving that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Following, the international extent of street art would become extremely significant, representing an extraordinary form of artistic expression.

Tom Wood

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