For over 30 years, Christopher Wool has explored the complexities of abstract painting by constantly questioning the medium with ever fresh means: the use of repetition, of methods from conceptual and minimal art, the adaptation of photographic images, and working with such different techniques as spray-paint, silkscreen and digital reproduction.
Born in Chicago in 1955, Wool emerged onto the New York scene during the mid-1980’s along with artists Jeff Koons, Cady Noland, and Robert Gober. He has always been a painter first and foremost, and his approach to the limits of that medium continues to prove an inspiration to a younger generation.Wool has transposed elements from mass culture such as print media, advertising, music and film as a means to create a collision between painting and printing. The processes of painting, the physical properties of paint and techniques of reproduction underpin his practice. His impulse to exploit the limits of the medium is crucial. His works use a plethora of media comprising aluminium, silkscreen, varnish, photography, paint rollers and stencils with industrial procedures and techniques made available by mass production.