b. 1967, Germany

Tomma Abts Biography

Tomma Abts makes complex paintings and works on paper whose subject is ultimately the process of their creation. She begins each work with no preconceived composition and idea, and without preliminary sketches. Guided largely by intuition, she nevertheless works within precise parameters. The paintings' evolution is evidenced by ridges and uneven texture—the result of methodical overpainting and reworking of the image. While abstract, the works are still illusionistic, rendered with sharp attention to shadows, three-dimensional effects, and highlights that defy any single, realistic light source. The resulting canvases convey balance and movement, while maintaining a sense of uncertainty, which seems akin to memory.

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Born in 1967 in Kiel, Germany, Abts studied at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin from 1988 to 1995.

Tomma Abts Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Tomma Abts Untitled, 2021 Watercolour on paper
18 x 12.5 cm
David Zwirner
Untitled by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print
Tomma Abts Untitled, 2021 Watercolour, oil, acrylic, and collage on paper
18 x 12.5 cm
David Zwirner
Jelto by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork sculpture
Tomma Abts Jelto, 2017 Bronze cast
48 x 37.5 cm
Galerie Buchholz Contact Gallery
Untitled by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Tomma Abts Untitled, 2015 5 parts, graphite on paper
Galerie Buchholz Contact Gallery
Jelte by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Tomma Abts Jelte, 2017 Acrylic and oil on canvas, aluminium cast
48 x 38 cm
Galerie Buchholz Contact Gallery
Unno by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork painting
Tomma Abts Unno, 2016 Acrylic and oil on canvas
48 x 38 cm
Galerie Buchholz Contact Gallery
Weie by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork painting
Tomma Abts Weie, 2016 Acrylic and oil on canvas
48 x 38 cm
Galerie Buchholz Contact Gallery
Untitled (Uto), 2008 (For Parkett 84) by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork print
Tomma Abts Untitled (Uto), 2008 (For Parkett 84), 2008 Archival pigment print on Angelica paper, mounted on sintra, framed
50.5 x 40.5 cm
Parkett Contact Gallery

Tomma Abts Recent Exhibitions

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Tomma Abts Represented By

David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in 19th Street, New York, USA David Zwirner Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris
Galerie Buchholz contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Galerie Buchholz Berlin, Cologne, New York

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