M+B is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Rob Thom, the artist’s second solo show with the gallery. The exhibition runs from October 23 through Decemer 4, 2021 at our M+B Doheny gallery, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 23 from 6 to 8 pm. Press Release coming soon.
Rob Thom’s densely allegorical paintings are keen, satirical observations of contemporary life. The artist brings a particular carnival of American grotesque onto the canvas with wry humor, painstaking observation and deft skill. Touching upon the traditions of painting and art history, including James Ensor’s crowds and Pieter Brueghel’s busy tableaux of peasants, Rob Thom’s compositions vividly capture everyday life and all the banal and absurd vagaries of the human condition.
Rob Thom (b. 1975, Santa Barbara, CA) received his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. His first solo exhibition was at the storied Chinatown gallery, Black Dragon Society, and his work was subsequently included in shows at Peres Projects in Berlin and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York. Thom made his long-awaited return to Los Angeles with the solo show The Beast at M+B in 2019, which was reviewed by carla magazine. Other notable press includes The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and his work is featured in the collection of the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Rob Thom lives and works in Bainbridge Island, WA.
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