b. 1955, Boston, USA. Lives and works in New York, USA
One of the most successful artists of his generation, Christopher Wool makes paintings challenging the process of painting itself. Subverting the established norms of the medium, he is known for provocative textual statements rendered in cheap enamel and multi-layered gestural works. Large-scale silkscreen works position Wool as a descendent of Warhol, allowing the creative act to be readdressed in the age of mechanical reproduction.The experiments with the materials and language of New York graffiti he undertook in the 1980s are a seminal point in the appreciation of street art. The influence of Wool's frank but innovative interventions with artistic tradition can be recognised in countless examples of today's contemporary art.