Tom Fellner

Tom Fellner


Tom Fellner (*1956) is of Swiss-American origin. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Art from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University in New York. With the goal of expanding his technical understanding of traditional painting, he studied painting materials and technique for two years at the √Čcole Nationale Sup√©rieure des Beaux Arts (ENSBA) in Paris (Atelier Abraham Pincas).
In his paintings, Fellner develops new visual worlds. His Monster Paintings not only contain monster toys, but also art-historical elements. The intersection of the trivial with "classical" painting generate supercharged dissonances. Tom Fellner's painting is comparable to that style known as "bad painting." A common theme of the so-called "bad painters" is their clear and unwavering commitment to the genre of painting. Fellner's painting clearly emphasizes the gap between inferior and superior aesthetics and humorously and ironically points to a possible connection between trivial children's toys and the "high art" of our adult world.

Tom Fellner has been involved in numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York and Switzerland. His last solo exhibition was in 2014 at Nicola von Senger in Zurich. Fellner's work has been included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Aargauer Kunsthaus, the Kunstsammlung der Stadt Z√ľrich, and numerous national and international private collections.


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