Tom Christopher  (American, 1952) 

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Tom Christopher (American, b.1952) is a remarkable artist best known for his Expressionist urban paintings of New York City. Christopher was born in Hollywood, CA, and studied with the legendary Disney animator Ward Kimball (American, 1914–2002) and the noted artist Lorser Feitelson (American, 1898–1978) at the Art Center College of Design, where he received his BFA in 1979. After graduating, Christopher spent his time drawing automobiles for Motor Trend magazine, drawing portraits at Disneyland, and creating posters for CBS Records. Christopher moved to New York City in 1981.

A year later, he started to work for magazines such as the New York Times, People, Fortune, and Wall Street Journal. He also worked as a courtroom artist for CBS Network News, covering trials such as those involving John Lennon's killer and "The Diet Doc Killer," Jean Harris. In 1983, Christopher wrote several essays about Computer Art for PC Magazine, and wrote a book called MacArt Department, which was published by Simon & Schuster. Christopher's works are greatly influenced by famous artists such as Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880–1938).

The early 1990s also marked the beginning of Christopher's signature New York City urban paintings. His famous And Would the World Really Miss One Little Cab or Two? and Green Light to a Bright Future are the two prime examples showing Christopher's interest in drawing this metropolitan city. The common images easily found in most of his works are cabbies, deliverymen, skylines, and chaotic New York City scenes. Many of his works are done with acrylic paint in an Expressionist style.

In 2008, Christopher worked on a line of clothing with Urban Outfitters and Nordstroms entitled "Threads4Thought". In 2009, he did a New York is Noir Again series of black-and-white paintings for Galerie Tamenaga in Paris and Galerie Babara von Stechow in Frankfurt. The following year, Christopher and some other artists founded Lift Trucks Project, an alternative art space in New York with exhibitions featuring works by Ed Roth (American, 1932–2001), Sailor Jerry (American, 1911–1973), and others. Taxis at Holland Tunnel is one of the projects Christopher worked on in 2012. He also held a solo exhibition at Galerie Barbara von Stechow in Frankfurt on May 13, 2012.

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Tom Christopher, I'm taking a walk. I'm listening to the birds sing. What do you think I'm doing.

 

Tom Christopher
I'm taking a walk. I'm listening to the birds sing. What do you think I'm doing.
Galerie Tamenaga
Tom Christopher, I ceased to exist, according to one profile.

 

Tom Christopher
I ceased to exist, according to one profile.
Galerie Tamenaga
Tom Christopher, Hard by the Harbor, Clear Sky

 

Tom Christopher
Hard by the Harbor, Clear Sky
Galerie Tamenaga
Tom Christopher, Granite

 

Tom Christopher
Granite
Galerie Tamenaga
Tom Christopher, Floating Above the Big Tall Buildings

 

Tom Christopher
Floating Above the Big Tall Buildings
Galerie Tamenaga
Tom Christopher, Three Women Approaching a Homeless Man with Camera

 

Tom Christopher
Three Women Approaching a Homeless Man with Camera
Galerie Tamenaga
Tom Christopher, Rose Sky over Times Square

 

Tom Christopher
Rose Sky over Times Square
Galerie Tamenaga
Tom Christopher, It is Camille. I knew it. She used to be the hat check girl.

 

Tom Christopher
It is Camille. I knew it. She used to be the hat check girl.
Galerie Tamenaga
Tom Christopher, Altogether Seven Ways of Walking

 

Tom Christopher
Altogether Seven Ways of Walking
Galerie Tamenaga
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Tom Christopher, Broadway - Times Squares (New York)

 

Tom Christopher
Broadway - Times Squares (New York), 1993
acrylic on canvas

 

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Tom Christopher, Broadway-Times Square

 

Tom Christopher
Broadway-Times Square, 1993
acrylic on canvas

 

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Tom Christopher, A Fifth Avenue Clock

 

Tom Christopher
A Fifth Avenue Clock, 2001
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1952   Born in Hollywood, California in 1952
1974   Sudies art at the Pasadena Art Museum, California
1976   Studies painting at the Sonoma State University, California
1979   BFA from the Art Center College, Pasadena, California
1993 - 1994   Teacher at Parsons School of Design, New York
2012   Galerie Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt (solo)
2012   Greg Hubert Gallery, New York, NY
2010   35 years of Printmaking, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT
2010   Galerie Tamenaga, Tokyo, Osaka (solo)
2010   Galerie Tamenaga, Tokyo, Osaka (solo)
2010   Galerie Vomel, Düsseldorf (solo)
2009   Galerie Tamenaga, Paris (solo)
2009   Galerie Tamenaga, Paris (solo)
2009   Galerie Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt (solo)
2008   HSBC, Trinkaus and Burkhardt, Hamburg (solo)
2008   J.N. Bartfield Gallery New York (solo)
2008   The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown Ohio (solo)
2007   HSBC, Trinkaus and Burkhardt, Frankfurt (solo)
2007   Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY (solo)
2007   Conde Nast Building, NYC Per Cent for Art Commission (solo)
2007   Galerie Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt (solo)
2007   Galerie Tamenaga, Tokyo, Osaka (solo)
2007   Galerie Tamenaga, Tokyo, Osaka (solo)
2007   Galerie Mada Primavesi, Madrid, Spain
2006   PRINT- Andy Warhol, Ken Price, Tom Christopher - Ward Pound Ridge, New York
2006   Galerie Tamenaga, Paris (solo)
2006   Galerie Tamenaga, Paris (solo)
2006   Galerie Vomel, Düsseldorf (solo)
2005   David Findlay Galleries, New York (solo)
2005   FIAC, Paris
2004   Galerie Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt (solo)
2004   Galerie Vomel, Düsseldorf (solo)
2004   Streets of Desire: A Times Square Centennial, The AXA Gallery, New York
2004   New Views, Modern NY Cityscapes, The New-York Historical Society Museum
2004   Hessische Landesvertretung Berlin, Abu Dhabi
2004   Galerie Tamenga, Paris (solo)
2004   Galerie Tamenga, Osaka (solo)
2002   Kunstakademie Trier, Trier, Germany
2002   'Art for America' Benefit: Twin Towers Fund, New York
2002   City Rhythms, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
2002   David Findlay Galleries, New York (solo)
2002   Galerie Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt (solo)
2002   Galerie Tamenaga, Tokyo, Osaka (solo)
2002   Galerie Tamenaga, Tokyo, Osaka (solo)
2001   Galerie Tamenaga, Paris (solo)
2001   Galerie Tamenaga, Paris (solo)
2001   Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
2000   Art Cologne, Germany
2000   David Findlay Galleries, New York (solo)
1999   Galerie Tamenaga, Paris (solo)
1999   Galerie Tamenaga, Tokyo, Osaka (solo)
1999   Galerie Tamenaga, Paris (solo)
1999   Galerie Tamenaga, Tokyo, Osaka (solo)
1999   Galerie Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt (solo)
1999   New New York Views, Museum of the City of New York, New York
1998   David Findlay Galleries, New York (solo)
1997   David Findlay Galleries, New York (solo)
1997   Galerie Tamenaga, Tokyo, Osaka (solo)
1997   Galerie Tamenaga, Tokyo, Osaka (solo)
1996   Michael Owen Gallery, New York (solo)
1994   Tamenaga Gallery, New York (solo)
1993   Tamenaga Gallery, New York (solo)
1993   Modern Times, Katonah Museum of Art, New York
1993   Cityscapes, The Roger Smith Gallery, New York
1993   Kustom Kulture, The Works Gallery, Los Angeles
1992   Socrates Sculpture Park, Oil and Steel Gallery L.I.C. NY
1991   Richard Iri Gallery, Los Angeles
1990   Chaffey Art Association at the Ontario Museum of Art, Ontario
1990   Tools, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery; San Francisco
1990   St. Marks Gallery New York (solo)
1990   Eastmann Wahmendorf Gallery, Helio Gallery, New York (solo)
1985   East Village Artists, Tokyo, Japan
1984   St. Mark's Gallery, New York
1980   The Clocktower Center for Art & Urban Resources, New York