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"Thomas Nozkowski: Paintings 1992-2004"
2004-03-31 until 2004-05-08
Haunch of Venison
UK United Kingdom
The first UK exhibition of work by the New York painter, Thomas Nozkowski, will open at Haunch of Venison on 31 March, 2004. Nozkowski has made a significant contribution to the medium of painting over the past thirty years. Looked at collectively, his works are distinguished by the interplay of geometric and biomorphic forms on richly coloured fields that evoke the everyday while remaining abstract.
Each work has a unique style and a densely layered surface that is developed over a long period of time and revised through sanding, scraping and over-painting. Nozkowski works in relatively small sizes, most often 16 x 20 inches, in contrast to the work of the earlier New York School artists of the 1940s and 1950s and to much contemporary painting, requiring viewers to put aside established patterns of looking.
The exhibition will present over twenty paintings from the period 1992-2004 including new previously unseen work, and will be accompanied by a catalogue with a text by poet and art critic Barry Schwabsky. Writing in the catalogue for Nozkowski’s recent New York Studio School exhibition Schwabsky asserts: ‘Thomas Nozkowski has been one of the most quietly influential painters on the New York scene over the past two decades’.
Nozkowski was born in 1944 in New Jersey, and lives and works in New York. He earned his BFA at The Cooper Union, New York and, since his first solo show in 1979, has shown in galleries across the United States including the New York Studio School in 2003 and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. in 1997. His work is included in many important public collections including The Brooklyn Museum, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Metropolitan Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Whitney Museum of American Art. He has been awarded
numerous prizes including an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Painting, 1999 and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1993.
Untitled (7-16) 1993
Oil on linen on panel