The first London exhibition of prints and works on paper by the celebrated American artist Wayne Thiebaud has been announced by Sims Reed Gallery. Many of these works have never been exhibited before.
Wayne Thiebaud (American, b.1920), a painter best known for his still lifes and food displays, was born in Arizona, and made his career on the West Coast. Though Thiebaud is famous for his calm depictions of everyday objects, he also painted Californian land and cityscapes.
Thiebaud studied Commercial Art in school, and, after graduating college, was accepted as a professional cartoonist at Walt Disney Studios. His years as a cartoonist influenced his mature technique, a stylized realism depicting everyday objects and scenes. Although Thiebaud is often associated with the Pop Art movement, his work does not critique the iconic imagery of American society and consumer culture, but embraces it instead. Thiebaud also taught at the Sacramento Junior College and the University of California at Davis for many years. He currently lives and works in California.
Founded in 1960 by visionary connoisseur and dealer Allan Stone (1932 – 2006), the gallery known today as Allan Stone Projects has been admired for over half a century.
Stone was a leading authority on Abstract Expressionism, an early advocate for and collector of works by Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline, Joseph Cornell, and John Graham, as well works by such celebrated artists as John Chamberlain, Wayne Thiebaud, César, and Arman. The gallery also promoted and collected the work of a younger generation of artists, including Robert S. Neuman, Robert Arneson, Dennis Clive, Jack Whitten, Robert Baribeau, James Grashow, Robert Mallary, and Richard Hickam, among many others, whose aesthetic tendencies suggested intriguing connections to the historical holdings of his gallery’s collection.