Project Description

Tom Lieber

American, b. 1949

Stemming from his interest in human energy, Tom Lieber creates works that evoke notions about the way we experience, feel, receive and express. While in Berkley, California from the 1970’s to 1980’s, he became connected to Aikido, Jazz, and various other forms of awareness-prompting energies. Through this fusion of expressions, his internationally acclaimed paintings are contemplative, subtle in configuration and color and powerfully emotive.

For decades leading cultural institutions have acquired Lieber’s work. Highlights from this distinguished lineup include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art – Los Angeles, and the Tate Gallery in London.

EDUCATION
1971
M.F.A. from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL
1965
B.F.A. from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL
 
AWARDS, GRANTS, AND HONORS
1975
National Endowment for the Arts Recipient
 
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
Bentley Gallery, Tom Lieber / Woods Davy, Phoenix, AZ
2015
Craig Krull Galler, Tom Lieber / David Kuraoka, Kauai, HI
2015
Galerie 103, Tom Lieber / David Kuraoka, Kauai, HI
2014
Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013
JF Chen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012
Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010
Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009
Galerie103, Kauai, HI
2009
Craig Krull Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Craig Krull Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005
Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004
Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA (also ’03)
2002
Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA (also ‘97, ‘94)
2001
Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID (also ‘94, ‘93)
2000
N. E. Galerie, Darmstadt, Germany (also ‘97)
1999
Flanders Contemporary, Minneapolis, MN
1998
Galerie Edeling, Copenhagen, Denmark (also ‘93, ‘90)
1998
LewAllen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1996
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA (also ‘84–’93)
1996
Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefled, Germany
1996
S. E. Galerie, Darmstadt, Germany
1995
Margulies Taplin Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
1995
Horwitch LewAllen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1994
Margulies Taplin Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
1990
Margulies Taplin Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
1990
Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, New York, NY (also ‘98)
1989
Persons-Lindell Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
1989
Eve Mannes Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1988
Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (also ‘86)
1986
Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, Santa Barbara, (also ‘84, ‘83)
1986
Gruenebaum Gallery, New York, NY
1982
Grayson Gallery, Chicago, IL
1982
Kirk DeGooyer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (also ‘81)
1980
Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, IL (also ‘78, ‘77)
1980
William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA (also ‘76, ‘77)
1975
Michael Wyman Gallery, Chicago, IL (also ‘74)
 
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2005
Abstraction: The Poetic Visual Image, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA
2003
Biennial of Hawaii Artists, Honolulu Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
2002
Modern Abstractions from the Permanent Collection, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
2002
Vermont Studio Center Press Collection, Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT
2002
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
2001
LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM (also ‘99)
2000
On Island: A Century of Continuity and Changes, Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME
1997
Second Annual Collaboration, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID and John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1996
A Gift of Vision: William A. and Susan S. Small Collection, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
1996
Celebrating Ten Years, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
1995
Arizona Collects, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
1994
Vinalhaven Artists (Curated by Robert Indiana)
1993
Monotypes from the Permanent Collection, Tate Gallery, London, England
1992
Director’s Choice: Old Friends and New, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
1992
On the Edge: 40 Years of Maine Painting, 1952 to 1992, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME (traveled to Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME)
1992
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art, South Hadley, MA
1991
20th Century Art from the Collection, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
1990
Alcove Show: New in New Mexico, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
1989
Monotypes, Persons-Lindell Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
1989
The Old/New Landscape, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
1989
Confluence, Contrast, Conflict: 20th Century Art at Bowdoin College, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
1988
The 1980s: A New Generation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1988
Maine Museums Collect, Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME
1987
Emerging Art, 1978–1986: Selections from the Exxon Series, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY
1987
Monotypes, Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY
1987
Three Painters, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA
1987
Allusion, Oscarsson Siegeltuch Gallery, New York, NY
1986
Garner Tullis Workshops: Monotypes, Galerie Au Poisson Rouge, Praz, Switzerland
1986
Symbols & Narratives, Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
1986
Monotypes: Garner Tullis Workshop, Pace Editions, New York, NY
1986
Dealer’s Choice, Rancho Santiago College Art Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
1985
The Art of Collaboration: Monotypes from the Studios of Carner Tullis, California State University, San Bernadino, CA
1985
Contemporary American Monotypes, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
1985
New Direction California Painting, Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
1984
Selected Monotypes, Smith-Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1984
San Francisco Bay Area Paintings, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
1984
Highlights: Selections from the Bank of America Corporation Art Collection, 1984 Plaza Gallery, Bank of America, San Francisco, CA
1984
Large Scale Monotypes from the Garner Tullis Workshop, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1983
Delahunty Gallery, New York, NY
1983
New Perspectives in American Art: 1983 Exxon National Exhibition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY
1983
Five Artists, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1982
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1982
Fresh Paint Art Gallery, California State University, Northridge, CA
1982
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
1981
This Is Paint, Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, CA
1981
The Controlled Gesture, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
1980
Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
1979
Three California Painters, Louisville School of Art, Louisville, KY
1979
The Aesthetic of Graffiti, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1976
Bloomington Bicentennial, Bloomington Art Museum, Bloomington, IL
1976
Davidson National Print and Drawing Show, Davidson, NC
1976
Center for the Visual Arts Gallery, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
1974
Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK
1973
Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
1973
27th Annual Wabash Valley Art Exhibition, Swope Gallery, Terre Haute, IN
1973
Allan Priebe Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI
1972
Mid-America IV, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
1972
Midstate Art Exhibition, Evanston Art Museum, Evanston, IL1973
1972
Four Corners Annual, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
 
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Tate Gallery, London, England
Bowdoin College Museum, Brunswick, ME
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Stanford University Museum of Art, Palo Alto, CA
Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art, South Hadley, MA
The Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
David Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Washington University Gallery of Fine Arts, St. Louis, MO
Krannert Art Museum at University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Huntington Gallery at University of Texas, Austin, TX
Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL
Newport Museum of Art, Newport, RI
Santa Fe Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Cedar Sinai Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Martin Z, Margulies Collection, Miami, FL
Bank of America Collection, NC
Eric Clapton Collection, London, England

Resident Magazine – Tom Lieber – An American Painter
When Eric Clapton creates his personal art gallery, the artist Tom Lieber will command major presence. After all, after knowing what I know, we can all now surmise that Tom Lieber is Eric Clapton’s favorite artist.

Art LTD – Critic’s Picks: SF Bay Area
In his second solo show at Dolby Chadwich Gallery, Tom Lieber explores the sense of place with his trademark aesthetic. Lieber’s new paintings highlight the duality of his life between Kaua’i and Los Angeles. Observations of natural grown during long walks in Kaua’i manifest themselves through jostling line work, and life in Los Angeles has created luminous hazes punctuated by distinctly urban colors.

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