You must first login or register to follow this artist.
HomePage Artists

b. 1956, USA

Fred Tomaselli Biography

Fred Tomaselli makes exquisitely rendered paintings on wood panels, combining an array of unorthodox materials suspended in a thick layer of clear, epoxy resin. Medicinal herbs, prescription pills and hallucinogenic plants are combined with images cut from books and magazines: flowers, birds, butterflies, arms, legs and noses, for example, are worked into dazzling patterns that spread over the surface of the painting like a beautiful virus or growth.

Read More


Tomaselli sees his paintings and their compendium of data as windows into a surreal, hallucinatory universe. “It is my ultimate aim”, he says, “to seduce and transport the viewer in to space of these pictures while simultaneously revealing the mechanics of that seduction.” Tomaselli has also incorporated allegorical figures into his work – in Untitled (Expulsion) (2000), for example, he borrows the Adam and Eve figures from Masaccio’s Expulsion from the Garden of Eden (1426-27), and in Field Guides (2003) he creates his own version of the grim reaper. His figures are described anatomically so that their organs and veins are exposed in the manner of a scientific drawing. He writes that his “inquiry into utopia/dystopia – framed by artifice but motivated by the desire for the real – has turned out to be the primary subject of my work”.


Tomaselli grew up in Southern California, where what he has described as “artificial, immersive, theme park reality” was a normal part of everyday life and the idea of a “contaminated” image – one that is Post-modern in its borrowing from both high and low culture – permeates his work.


Fred Tomaselli was born in Santa Monica, California in 1956. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Open Ends, MoMA, New York (2000), the Berlin Biennale (2001), the Liverpool Biennial (2002), the Whitney Biennial (2004), the 5th Site Santa Fe Biennial (2004, Ecstasy, LA MoCA (2006), Prospect 1, New Orleans Biennale (2008), Universal Code Powerplant, Toronto and The World in The Body, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009), Between Two Worlds, Kunstmuseum Thun and The Beauty of Distance, the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010). Solo exhibitions include Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, (1999), Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Florida (2001), Site Santa Fe, New Mexico (2001), Albright-Knox Gallery of Art, Buffalo, New York (2003), Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2004), IMMA, Dublin (2005), The Rose Art Museum, Massachusetts (2005), the Aspen Art Museum (2009), Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York and Frances Tang Teaching Museum, New York (2010).

Fred Tomaselli, August 9, 2021 (2021). Gouache and archival inkjet print on watercolour paper. 31.8 x 27.9 cm; 41.3 x 44.5 cm (framed). Courtesy White Cube.

Fred Tomaselli Featured Artworks

December 12, 2020 by Fred Tomaselli contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print
Fred TomaselliDecember 12, 2020, 2020Collage and gouache on inkjet print
43.2 x 31.8 cm
White Cube Contact Gallery
January 4, 2021 by Fred Tomaselli contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print
Fred TomaselliJanuary 4, 2021, 2021Collage, gouache and archival inkjet print on watercolour paper
31.1 x 27.9 cm
White Cube Contact Gallery
February 14, 2021 by Fred Tomaselli contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print
Fred TomaselliFebruary 14, 2021, 2021Collage, gouache and archival inkjet print on watercolour paper
27.9 x 30.7 cm
White Cube Contact Gallery
April 27, 2021 by Fred Tomaselli contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print, mixed media
Fred TomaselliApril 27, 2021, 2021Gouache, collage and archival inkjet print on watercolour paper
31.8 x 27.9 cm
White Cube Contact Gallery
July 3, 2021 by Fred Tomaselli contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print, mixed media
Fred TomaselliJuly 3, 2021, 2021Collage, gouache and archival inkjet print on watercolour paper
31.8 x 27.9 cm
White Cube Contact Gallery
August 17, 2021 by Fred Tomaselli contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Fred TomaselliAugust 17, 2021, 2021Gouache and archival inkjet print on watercolour paper
31.8 x 27.9 cm
White Cube Contact Gallery

Fred Tomaselli Current & Recent Exhibitions

Fred Tomaselli Represented By

White Cube contemporary art gallery in Mason's Yard, London, United Kingdom White Cube Aspen, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris

Fred Tomaselli In Ocula Magazine

Fred Tomaselli In Related Press

Sign up to be notified when new artworks and exhibitions by Fred Tomaselli are added to Ocula.
Sign Up