Christopher Wool


American, 1955 –

Christopher Wool

Untitled (1990)
A masterpiece of word art by
Christopher Wool.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen,

Christopher Wool, born in 1955, is an American Contemporary Artist known for his large scale works of black, stenciled letters on white canvases.  He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, New York and at the New York Studio School.

His work has spanned many different styles and mediums.  Early paintings were highly abstracted drip paintings or spray painted marks on the canvas that were then wiped off.  Christopher Wool has also incorporated printmaking techniques in his artworks including rubber stamp rolls, silkscreen and stencils.  These works look similar to wallpaper or decorative patterns.

The work Christopher Wool created that is text-based, between the late-1980s and early-2000s, can often be difficult to decipher as the words run together or are missing.  At the heart of his creative process is to find new or re-imagined ways of marking his surfaces.  He draws inspiration from art history and finds new possibilities for painting.  He has become one of the most important abstract artists of his generation.

Christopher Wool has works included in important private and public collections worldwide.  He currently lives and works in New York and Texas.