Andre Thomkins is renowned as an artist treating imagery, forms and materials as well as language in playful and experimental ways. His mastery of the classical visual art media was unparalleled, yet he also experimented with different techniques and materials. Within Thomkins's oeuvre, his works of the 1950s in particular are characterised by a pronounced love of experimentation. During this period, he developed his Lackskins by 'painting' with gloss paint on water. He had stumbled across this special technique by chance: cleaning his paint brushes in water, he noticed that the gloss paint he had used left a film on the surface that formed an image. He began deliberately manipulating that floating film of paint and eventually lifted the resulting image from the water with a sheet of paper, achieving 'something planetary, very light and fluctuating' (Andre Thomkins). This wonderful book, 'Andre Thomkins: Lackskins' is the first comprehensive presentation of these beautiful works. Text in English & German.
Andre Thomkins (1930-1985) is renowned as a draughtsman and word artist. The artist from Switzerland spent most of his life in Germany. His rich ingenuity contributed to a special artist biography being attributed to him, making him appear as an imaginary sorcerer moving the world with a master's hands. Stephan Kunz, art historian, has been a curator at the Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau 1988 - 2011. He has been appointed director of the Bundner Kunstmuseum Chur in 2011. Dagmar Streckel, art historian, curator of Andre Thomkins's estate at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein.
Contents: Essays: Stephan Kunz - Gloss Paint Dynamorphoses Daniel Spoerri - This is a Simple Method of Banalisation of The Contemporary Styles of Painting Andre Thomkins - Laboratory for the laquedynamorphosis Andre Thomkins - That is the Simplest Instance of Painting Carlheinz Caspari - Andre Thomkins, Lackskins, Standard Oils, Charnieres Andre Thomkins - The Process Andre Thomkins - The 'Scharnier' (hinge)