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Tom Lieber

Lieberís large-scale abstractions are notable for their bold, natural colors and fluid marks placed against a layered, neutral background. Informed by nature and meditations, Lieberís work reflects his efforts to channel his interior life onto the canvas.

His calligraphic mark-making, the supple flow and arc of his line, and the dynamic rhythm of his abstract compositions is influenced by post WWII abstract paintings. His subtle color and tonal variations and marks reveal an affinity to the unique and painterly with a personal reverence for artists Georgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Philip Guston and Joan Mitchel.

Lieber uses a variety of techniques to achieve his effects, most notably monotype printing rollers. By interposing a mechanical device into an intuitive act, he arrives at a form of deep expression that is unforced, in which the paint becomes raw and direct. Lieber believes that the human body is more equipped than the mind to invent. He treats the act of painting as a full-body experience, open to unpredictable and challenging imagery.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1949, Tom Lieber earned both his BFA (1971) and MFA (1974) from the University of Illinois. In addition to showing across North America and Europe, his work can be found in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Tate Gallery, London. In 1975, Leiber was honored with a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Tom Lieber

Tom Lieber
Blue Swell, 2014
Oil and gesso on canvas
30 x 30"