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Tom Sanford

Tom Sanford, Uptown Local, 2018-2019, acrylic on canvas, 180 × 180 × 4 cm

Tom Sanford, Uptown Local, 2018-2019, acrylic on canvas, 180 × 180 × 4 cm

Tom Sanford, Uptown Local, 2018-2019, acrylic on canvas, 180 × 180 × 4 cm

Tom Sanford, Uptown Local, 2018-2019, acrylic on canvas, 180 × 180 × 4 cm

Tom Sanford, Red white and blue corona skull, 2020, acrylic and fake gold leaf on canvas, 110 x 84 cm

Tom Sanford, Red white and blue corona skull, 2020, acrylic and fake gold leaf on canvas, 110 x 84 cm

Tom Sanford, Red white and blue corona skull, 2020, acrylic and fake gold leaf on canvas, 110 x 84 cm

Tom Sanford, Red white and blue corona skull, 2020, acrylic and fake gold leaf on canvas, 110 x 84 cm

Tom Sanford, Chess Board & Cheeseburger Still Life, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 79.3x96.5 cm

Tom Sanford, Chess Board & Cheeseburger Still Life, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 79.3x96.5 cm

Tom Sanford, Chess Board & Cheeseburger Still Life, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 79.3x96.5 cm

Tom Sanford, Chess Board & Cheeseburger Still Life, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 79.3x96.5 cm

Tom Sanford, A Bird in the Hand is Beats Two in the Hole, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 100.5 x 149.5 cm

Tom Sanford, A Bird in the Hand is Beats Two in the Hole, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 100.5 x 149.5 cm

Tom Sanford, A Bird in the Hand is Beats Two in the Hole, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 100.5 x 149.5 cm

Tom Sanford, A Bird in the Hand is Beats Two in the Hole, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 100.5 x 149.5 cm

Tom Sanford, Monument to Late Nights, 2017, oil on canvas, 162 × 105 × 4 cm

Tom Sanford, Monument to Late Nights, 2017, oil on canvas, 162 × 105 × 4 cm

Tom Sanford, Monument to Late Nights, 2017, oil on canvas, 162 × 105 × 4 cm

Tom Sanford, Monument to Late Nights, 2017, oil on canvas, 162 × 105 × 4 cm

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Tom Sanford was born in 1975 in Bronxville (New York, USA). He holds a BA from Columbia University, and a MFA from Hunter College. He lives and works in New York.

His research and reference points accumulate from a melting pot of sources ranging from the Renaissance, the Dutch Golden Age, 19th-century Salon paintings, Pop Art and Pop-Surrealism all the way to graphics more commonly associated with political cartoons, advertising signage, Hollywood tabloids, and gas-station novelties.

He paints within the established tradition of still life and portraits, though he employs contemporary references as his subject matter. His still lifes depict – above all – beer, but also pizza boxes and hard liquor in large quantities. His portraits focus on various forms of humanity–villains and victims, as well as the tragedies and triumphs of the moment.

The artist draws inspiration from today's world: “I am interested in history, but I work in a post-historical period. I make paintings about the time I live in. - Tom Sanford says-. The media is my muse, I paint by the light of my computer. I make paintings about the things that interest me. I wish I had time to paint more things, but art is slow and the world is fast.”

His works are in museums and galleries all around the globe, and he had solo exhibitions in galleries such Gallery Poulsen (Copenhagen), Kravets Wehby Gallery (NYC), Galleri SE (Bergen), Gitler & ___ (NYC), Leo Koenig Inc. (NYC), Galleri Faurschou (Copenhagen), BravinLee Programs (NYC), and Gallery ZIdane (Lussemburgo) among the others, and in numerous collective exhibitions. Sanford is part of the Aftermodernism artistic movement founded by the collector Hubert Neumann. In October 2020, he exhibited at Mucciaccia Contemporary in Rome in the Aftermodernism Chapter 2 Benjamin Edwards Tom Sanford show, curated by Cesare Biasini Selvaggi.

2018

Have you seen this Man?, Gitler &____, Harlem, New York, United States of America

Triad (with James Busby and Christian Schumann), Neumann Wolfson Art, New York, United States of America 

2017

Greetings From Harlem, The Palm Tree Gallery, London, England

2015

What’s Good in the ‘Hood, Gitler&____, Harlem, New York, United States of America

The Rape of the Masters, Gallerie s.e, Bergen, Norway

2014

The Lifes of the Artists, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013

Café des Artistes, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, United States of America

2012

100 Little Deaths, BravinLee Programs, New York, United States of America

The Saints of the Lower East Side, curated by Keith Schweitzer, ArtUp, FABnyc, New York, United States of America

2011 

CLASH, curated by Erna Hecey, Gallery Zidoun, Luxembourg

The Decline of Western Civilization (part 3), Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

POWHIDA, collaboration with William Powhida, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, United States of America

2008

Mr. Hangover Leo Koenig Inc., New York, United States of America

2007

Bad Religion, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark

2006

I will Fukn Rob Your White Ass, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, United States of America

2005

The Life and Times of TomPAC, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark

2004

TomPAC, Western Projects, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

2003

Bling, 31 Grand, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Keepin’ it Gangsta, Keepin’ it Global, Tomoya Saito Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2020

Aftermoderism Chapter 2, Benjamin Edwards and Tom Sanford, curated by Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, Mucciaccia Contemporary, Rome, Italy

2017

Birds of America, EXPLORATIONS OF AUDUBON: THE PAINTINGS OF LARRY RIVERS AND OTHERS, 101/Exhibit, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

2016

The Election Collection, Gallerie s.e, Bergen, Norway

The Oasis, Gitler&___, Harlem, New York, Unites States of America

Poulsen's Fifteen, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Four Sons, Gitler&____, Harlem, New York, Unites States of America

Sensorium, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, Unites States of America

2015

The Hunt of the Unicorn, Gitler&_______, Harlem, New York, Unites States of America

The Copenhagen Interpretation (part 2), Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Copenhagen Interpretation, The Lodge Gallery, New York, Unites States of America

2014

Natural Enemies, curated by Elizabeth Saperstein, Pelham Art Center, New York

Exquisite Corpse, curated by Amir H. Fallah, Mass Gallery, Austin, Texas

Django, curated by Rene Holm, Galleri Franz Pedersen, Denmark

2013

Seveth-Inning Stretch, curated by Carlo McCormick & Eric Firestone, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, New York

Aftermodernism, curated by Hubert Neumann, The Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island, New York, Unites States of America

Hello Nasty, curated by Chris Bors, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, Unites States of America

The Wild Bunch, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Die Wunderkammer, curated by Keith Schweitzer and Jason Patrick Voegele, The Lodge, New York, Unites States of America

Weird World, (with Don Porcello & Toru Ishii), ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, Unites States of America

How Much Do I Owe You?, curated by Manon Slome & No Longer Empty, New York, United States of America

About Face, curated by Daniel Weinberg, ACME gallery, Los Angeles

Double Dirty Dozen, Frieght + Volume Gallery, New York, United States of America

It’s Hard to Leave When You Can’t Find the Door, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston

Disorder, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, United States of America

Come and Get It!, Herdershot Gallery, New York, United States of America

The Wicked Twins: Fame and Notoriety, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey

Drawn To You, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Good Intentions, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

MIE: A Portrait by 35 Artists, Curated by Nick Lawrence and Mie Iwatsuki, Frieght +Volume, New York City

2011

From Where You Just Arrived, organized by Ryan Schneider & Jonas Wood, Pepin Moore, Los Angeles

Die Like You Really Mean It, curated by Frank Webster & Paul Brainard, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, United States of America

MAKE Skateboards, curated by Scott Ogden, i-20 Gallery, New York, United States of America

Bitches Brew (New Art from New York 2), Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

SICK!, curated by Meghan Carleton and Max Wolf, Misc., New York, United States of America

Pornucopia, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, United States of America

Battle of the Brush, curated by Alex Glauber, Bryant Park, New York, United States of America

2010

Xmas Show, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Three Amigos: Tom Sanford, Eric White & Nicola Verlota, Galleri S.E., Bergen, Norway

RUN AND TELL THAT!: New Work from New York, curated by Eric Gleason and David Prince, SUart Galleries, Syracuse University, New York, United States of America

The Incomplete – Paris, curated by Hubert Neumann, GALERIE JEAN-LUC+TAKAKO RICHARD, Paris, France

50 Ways to Keep Your Lover, Galleri S.E., Bergen, Norway.

BIG PICTURE, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, United States of America

Irascible Assholes, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Currents – Benjamin Edwards, Jessica Jackson Hutchins & Tom Sanford, Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island, New York, United States of America

BUSHWICK SCHLACHT, curated by Guillermo Creus

The Antidote, Claire Oliver Fine Art, New York, United States of America

Never Can Say Goodbye, Tower Record/No Longer Empty, New York, United States of America

2009

TOO BIG TO FAIL, NADA/LaMontagne Gallery, 375 Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

No Longer Empty 3, The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Low Blow: And Other Species of Confusion, Stux Gallery, New York, United States of America

Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, United States of America

Luxus – Ruhe – Wollust. Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin

2008

In Your Face, Buia Gallery, New York, United States of America

The Main Event, Schroeder Romero, New York, United States of America

Leisure Suite, curated by Martin Basher, Neiman Center, Columbia University, New York, United States of America

Accrochage, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark

2007

No New Tale To Tell….,31 GRAND, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

The Incomplete, curated by Hubert Neumann, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, United States of America

Heroes…Like us?, Palazzo delle Arti, Naples, Italy

Dangerous Beauty, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, United States of America

2006

Reflections (20 Year Anniversary), Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark
Celebrity, Sixtyseven Gallery, New York, United States of America

2005

Star-Star: Toward the Center of Attention, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

Self Preservation Society, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, United States of America

Leaving Cockaigne, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, United States of America

2004

The Beautiful Ones, 31 GRAND, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Rowdy Remix, ATM Gallery, New York, United States of America

Super Salon, Samson Projects, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America 

2002

Derivative, curated by Sarah Rosenbaum, Bingo Hall, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Enough About Me, curated by Deborah Kass, Momenta, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

2001

EyeSaw, Ledeco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1999

Size Matters, Gale Gates et al., Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

The Road Show, curated by Mike Wiess, dfn Gallery, New York, United States of America

1998

Surfing the Surface, dfn Gallery, New York, United States of America