The quality of freshness, the familiar world reseen,
from the water towers of New York City to the rural
pleasures of boating, is the most immediately
arresting aspect of Tom Slaughter’s art...The
personality of his work is vigorous and bold, the
alert attention of a hard worker hard at rest,
typically rowing his anonymous boat.”
-Henry Geldzahler, former curator of American Art
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and
Commissioner of Cultural Affairs
for New York City.
Jim Kempner Fine Art is pleased to present selected
works by artist Tom Slaughter. The exhibition will feature works by Slaughter in his signature visual language, in a variety of media, with a focus on summer fun. The show will be on display from July 12th to August 24th, 2012, and the artist will be present at the opening on July 12th, from 6-8 pm.
This collection of flashe paint and cut paper collage works demonstrate a natural immediacy inherent to Tom Slaughter’s artistic hand. The result is clean, crisp imagery, which easily translates through different media and has become a recognizable brand.
Slaughter’s collages are often presented as single images, such as Gingham Shirt and Tie and Bike Blue and Red, putting an innovative spin on day-to-day objects. Slaughter also combines these iconic images into more complex collages, in work such as Map of NYC and New York Valentine (the genesis of the 20 x 200 featured print).
Tom Slaughter was born in New York City in 1955. His work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, Japan and Canada. His prints are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and he has worked in collaboration with Durham Press for two decades. He has illustrated nine books for children—including Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?, a 2011 Notable American Library Association book of the year. Slaughter has also designed playbills, iPhone cases, skateboard decks, wallpaper, beach towels, watches, t-shirts and posters, including a widely distributed poster (Yes We Can) in support of Barack Obama’s political campaign. He has served as the in-house art director for the New Victory Theater for the past eight seasons and is on the board of directors at MOMA PS1.
Regardless of scale or subject, Slaughter’s imagery is accessible for collectors of any age. Tom Slaughter currently lives and works in New York City. For more information please contact Sarah Bielicky.