John Currin

born 1962

John Currin, ‘Sho-bo’ 2006
Sho-bo 2006
© John Currin, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
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In Tate Britain


John Currin (born 1962) is an American painter based in New York City. He is best known for satirical figurative paintings which deal with provocative sexual and social themes in a technically skillful manner. 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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