Tomma Abts

  • View large image Untitled #5, 2008

    Tomma Abts, Untitled #5, 2008 Pencil and coloured pencil on paper, 84.1 x 59 cm Courtesy of private collection and greengrassi, London

  • View large image Untitled 28, 2005

    Tomma Abts, Untitled 28, 2005 Pencil and coloured pencil on paper, 84.1 x 59.4 cm The Mario Testino Collection, Courtesy of Greengrassi London

Tomma Abts (b. 1967, Kiel, Germany) lives and works in London since 1995. She studied at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin. Abts is known for her abstract works with consistent vertical format, 19 x 17 inches, the strict geometrical shapes and rich colours. She has no visual sources or references. Unlike her paintings, which fill the canvas, the drawings occupy the space of the page and are more imagistic. Abts describes her compositions as ‘having to do with holding and unfolding the space in the way that every part of the picture plane is active’. Recent solo exhibitions include venues such as David Zwirner, New York (2014); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2014); Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne (2013); greengrassi, London (2011); Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (2011); Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin (2009); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2008); and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (with Vincent Fecteau, 2004). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including ​The Bottom Line, S.M.A.K, Ghent (2015); ​Drawing Now, Albertina Museum, Vienna (2015); Abstract Drawing, Drawing Room, London (2014); Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists, Tate Britain, London (2013); Made In Britain: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection 1980 – 2010, Benaki Museum, Greece; Albanian National Gallery, Tirana; Maribor, Slovenia; Ankara, Turkey, David Zwirner, New York, NY (2012); The Indiscipline of Painting, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre (2012); The Indiscipline of Painting, Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2011); PPP, Public Private Paintings, Mu.ZEE, Oostende (2011); Absentee Landlord, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (curated by John Waters, 2011); Seeing Is a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion, MCA, Chicago (curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm,2011); and Matisse and Beyond: The Painting and Sculpture Collection, MoMA, San Francisco (2004). Abts is the first female painter to win the Turner Prize, London (2006), and is also the recipint of The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award, London (2004), NaFöG – Stipendium, Berlin (1995-6), DAAD- Stipendium, London (1995). She is represented by greengrassi gallery, London.

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