An American artist, Tom LaDuke is best known for his paintings and hyper-realistic sculptures created through meticulous and labor-intensive processes. Through his work, he explores themes of nature, science fiction, and memory, and utilizes a wide range of image depiction and surface techniques.
Born in1963 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, LaDuke grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he continues to live and work today. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1991 from California State University in Fullerton, CA, and his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1994 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL. Recent solo exhibitions include those at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; CRG Gallery, New York, NY; Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; CRG Gallery, New York, NY; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; and Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
LaDuke's paintings are comprised of multi-layered surfaces combining both precise image-rendering as well as odd gestural marks and sculptural accumulations of paint. Occasionally working in sculpture that painstakingly replicate objects, he explores similar themes of the body, nature, and artificiality. His latest body of work is a series of paintings comprised of four distinct layers of paint to the canvas.
Featured image: Tom LaDuke - Warp and Weft, 2018 (detail). Acrylic on canvas over panel. 36 3/4 × 45 in. 93.3 × 114.3 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery