I went to see the Thomas Nozkowski show at Pace Gallery the day of the exhibitions closing last weekend. I have mixed feelings about his work... overall I'm a big fan. His work is unpredictable... the juxtaposition of colors, shapes, and forms is unconventional and exciting. However, my only criticism is that sometimes the work can appear too precise and a bit stiff. I much prefer the work of his that retains a fresh and direct feel... confident, and risky.
According to Pace Gallery...
Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944, Teaneck, New Jersey) received a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union Art School, New York in 1967. Known for his richly colored and intimately scaled abstract paintings, Nozwkoski began exhibiting in group shows in 1973 and made his solo debut in 1979. By 1982, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, had acquired a painting from an early one-person exhibition for their permanent collection. To date, Nozkowski’s paintings have been featured in more than 300 museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide, including over 70 solo shows.
Also, below is an awesome and brief video of Thomas discussing his painting process. Its very insightful and illuminating. Check it out.
These are some other of his paintings that interest me that I found online.
*** The were not part of the recent exhibition at Pace.