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b. 1937, Germany

Thomas Bayrle Biography

Thomas Bayrle's pioneering work is characterised by an obsessive preoccupation with repetition and grid structures, conceiving and representing the world around him as a multitude of social threads. Bayrle began his career as a designer and, after an apprenticeship within a textile factory, he became fascinated by mechanisation and its repetitive patterns and rhythms.

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From this experience, Bayrle's work retained the motif of the human figure in the machine age and the structure of the grid. Influenced by pop art, and notably Sigmar Polke in Germany, the Frankfurt School, the economic post-war boom, and most importantly the large American presence in Frankfurt, Bayrle abandoned painting in 1967 to produce serigraphic works reflecting on mass society. Like fellow Frankfurt artist and friend Peter Roehr, Bayrle adopted serial repetition as a means to critically engage with mass consumerism. Placing objects and motives from the daily life and mass advertising into serial patterns, Bayrle's work reflects on the individual within socio-political, industrial, and technological entities.

With his wallpaper The Laughing Cow 1967, Bayrle multiplied in the weaves of the fabric the cheese brand's logo of the laughing cow, mimicking the mechanical mass-production process of the product. The re-appropriation of the logo, endlessly repeated, also questions the status of the artist and the artwork, through the principle of seriality, which was developed by pop artists in opposition to the claims to individuality of informel painting and abstract expressionism.

Born 1937 in Berlin, Germany. Lives and works in Frankfurt am Main.

Text by Elsa Coustou. Courtesy Tate.

Thomas Bayrle Featured Artworks

Teresa Teng II by Thomas Bayrle contemporary artwork sculpture
Thomas Bayrle Teresa Teng II, 2022 Fine art pigment print on cotton
100 x 115 cm
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Teresa Teng XIII by Thomas Bayrle contemporary artwork sculpture
Thomas Bayrle Teresa Teng XIII, 2022 Fine art pigment print on cotton
100 x 115 cm
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Teresa Teng VII by Thomas Bayrle contemporary artwork print
Thomas Bayrle Teresa Teng VII, 2022 Fine art pigment print on cotton
100 x 115 cm
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Kim Kardashian (XIV) by Thomas Bayrle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print
Thomas Bayrle Kim Kardashian (XIV), 2021 Collage mounted on gallery cardboard
96 x 104 cm
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Kim Kardashian (II) by Thomas Bayrle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Thomas Bayrle Kim Kardashian (II), 2021 Acrylic and fine art pigment print on canvas
140 x 150 cm
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Mao Ze Dong by Thomas Bayrle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Thomas Bayrle Mao Ze Dong, 2021 Acrylic and fine art pigment print on paper, mounted on gallery cardboard
94 x 125 cm
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Green giant by Thomas Bayrle contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Thomas Bayrle Green giant, 2021 Acrylic and fine art pigment print on paper, mounted on gallery cardboard
94 x 125 cm
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Pope V by Thomas Bayrle contemporary artwork painting
Thomas Bayrle Pope V, 2021 Fine art pigment print on paper, mounted on gallery cardboard
98 x 100 cm
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Thomas Bayrle Recent Exhibitions

Thomas Bayrle Represented By

Gladstone Gallery contemporary art gallery in 515 West 24th Street, New York, USA
Gladstone Gallery Brussels, New York, Seoul

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