John Currin


John Currin (born 1962) is an American painter based in New York City. He is most recognised for his technically proficient satirical figurative paintings that explore controversial sexual and societal topics. His work shows a wide range of influences, including sources as diverse as the Renaissance, popular culture magazines, and contemporary fashion models. He often distorts or exaggerates the erotic forms of the female body, and has stressed that his characters are reflections of himself rather than inspired by real people.

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Known for his surreal or comedic paintings of female figures, often mimicking or referencing Italian and Northern Renaissance images. He employs oil painting techniques of previous centuries. He was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial.

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John Currin

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