Thom Puckey

Born in 1948 - United Kingdom

BIOGRAPHY

Thom Puckey is of English descent, born near London in 1948. He lives in Amsterdam and Tuscany.

He begun studying fine art fine art at Croydon College of Art, near London, in 1966, and was awarded a Masters degree in 1975 at the Royal College of Art. From 1973-1981 he worked as a performance artist, as part of the duo "Reindeer Werk" (together with Dirk Larsen). Reindeer Werk performed and exhibited throughout Europe and North America, and amongst many other shows, participated in Documenta VI in 1977.

In 1978 Thom Puckey moved to the Netherlands. Since 1983 he has worked as a sculptor, first with abstract work, but later with increasingly figurative, provocative sculptures.

His recent marble sculptures are made with live models and produced in a laborious, classical method of casting. carving and finishing. They depict disturbing scenes: realistically rendered nude women, posed in the manner of nineteenth century history paintings, aim and fire brutal-looking contemporary military technology into an imagined horizon of space, if not at each other. Collapsing classical studio techniques with art-historical legacies and contemporary political implications, Puckey continues to coax from his frozen material a kind of trans-historical living image.

Thom Puckey is one of the founders of the new wave of Dutch figurative art, and in 1990 had a solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. He has taught art at several academies in the Netherlands, and from 1987 to 1995 was a professor of sculpture at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. In 1997 he became professor of fine art at the academy AKV-St. Joost in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.

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EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS

2014
Thom Puckey - Leerling/Meester exposities #7 - Kunstpodium T, Tilburg

2013
Thom Puckey - Mieke van Schaijk Gallery, 's-Hertogenbosch
11 Easy Pieces - Love & Self-Damage - Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch, 's-Hertogenbosch

2009
Thom Puckey - Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam

1991
Among the trees - Galleria Carini & Donatini, San Giovanni Valdarno

1990
Recente werken - Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

1988
True and false lights - Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

1986
Nieuwe beelden - De Vleeshal, Middelburg

1985
Nieuwe beelden en tekeningen - Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

1984
Organ=Principles Sculpture of Split Anatomy - Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

1983
Tom Puckey - Five Houses / Five Cities. Project for transformation of innerspaces - de Appel Boys' School, Amsterdam


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2014
The Avant — Garde Did Not Applaud. Romuald Kutera / The Recent Art Gallery - Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw
Beauty of Violence - Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam

2011
Love and Cruelty - Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam

2010
8th Gwangju Biennale - 10,000 Lives - Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
The Prato Project - Centro per l´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, PO

2008
collectie 2008 - Landgoed Anningahof, Zwolle
Jan van der Ploeg - Thom Puckey - Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam

2007
Contour / Continuïteit, Heden en Verleden - Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft

2006
White, bright and delighting home - Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam
DIE OBERE HÄLFTE. Die Büste von Rodin bis Wang Du - Museum Liner, Appenzell

2005
Die obere Hälfte - Die Büste von Rodin bis Funakoshi - Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden
Die obere Hälfte - Die Büste von Rodin bis Funakoshi - Städtische Museen Heilbronn, Heilbronn
Teritoria - Arte dall'Olanda - Centro per l´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, PO
De Paleistuin / The Palace Garden - Den Haag Sculptuur, The Hague

2004
Wunderkammer - 3 hoog, Amsterdam

2003
Tender Prey - Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
tender prey - Stichting Outline, Amsterdam
Collectiepresentatie V - herfst 2003 - MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp

2002
Entr’acte - Neon Campobase, Bologna

2001
Floating Time 2001 - Garden of Earthly Delights - Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch, 's-Hertogenbosch

1999
Floating Time - keramieksculpturen langs de Groote Stroom in 's-Hertogenbosch - Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch, 's-Hertogenbosch
Holland Kindergarten Japan Bondage - De Vleeshal, Middelburg

1995
Politics of perception - Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten - Galerie d'Eendt, Amsterdam

1994
Tutti Questi Mondi - Galleria Carini & Donatini, San Giovanni Valdarno

1992
Realities - Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid (CBA), Madrid

1989
Works on Paper - Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

1988
XLIII Esposizione internazionale d’Arte. La Biennale di Venezia. Il luogo degli artisti - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

1987
Binnenruimten - Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch, 's-Hertogenbosch

1985
Siméon et les flamands roses (seconde partie) - Les Moulins Albigeois, Albi

1984
Museum Fodor, Amsterdam
Het Apollohuis, Eindhoven

1983
Vijf huizen - vijf steden: Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht;
De Appel, Amsterdam; Het Apollohuis, Eindhoven; Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem; Corps de Garde, Groningen.

1982
Galerie 'A', Amsterdam

1980
Pracownia Dziekanka, Warsaw
Museum Fodor, Amsterdam

1978
Galerie St. Petri, Lund
Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam

1977
Vehicule Art, Montréal

1976
Behavioral Art. Galerie Stzuki Najnowszej, Wroclaw (cat.)
Behavioral Art. Galerie Remont, Warsaw (cat.)
Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide (cat.)

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