Untitled199415 x 30 in.(38.1 x 76.2 cm) oil on linen on panel
ProvenanceHeather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, California
Born in 1944, Thomas Nozkowski created small, richly hued paintings that reflect the dichotomous influences of the Abstract Expressionists and Bauhaus refugees with whom he studied at the Cooper Union. Using a small brush, his handling includes scraping and rubbing off paint in ways that register in the finished work. He developed a distinctive, wide-ranging vocabulary deploying biomorphic-like geometric forms in varied color schemes and a wide range of associations: tile flooring, to cell clusters, to architecture and outer space. Often, they are distilled from his own memories and experiences. Nozkowski commented on this specific painting (Untitled, 1994) saying that it reflects his fascination with the mythological scenes painted upon Renaissance cassone dowery chest panels. He pronounced it the best one of three or four 15” x 30” panels of this series. Nozkowski was handled for many years by Pace Gallery. He died in 2019.