John Currin

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The Pink Tree, 1999 © from the Hirshhorn's collection
Girl in Bed , 1993 Öl Auf Leinen 61 X 76,2 Cm © Museum Morsbroich
Deauville , 2008 © Courtesy of the artist & Sadie Coles HQ
Thanksgiving , 2003
Park City Grill, 2000 Goauche On Paper 7 1/2 X 6 In. © Collection Walker Art Center Miriam and Erwin Kelen Acquisition Fund for Drawings
Constance Towers, 2009 Oil On Canvas 40 X 27 Inches (101.6 X 68.6 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Gagosian Gallery - Madison Ave.
© Courtesy of the Artist and Sadie Coles HQ - South Audley St
The Hobo, 1999 Oil On Canvas © Contemporary Collectors Fund, 2000.3, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
© Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian - Paris
Maenads, 2015 Oil On Canvas 48 X 36 X 1 1/4 Inches (121.9 X 91.4 X 3.2 Cm) © Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio
Untitled, 1990 © Courtesy of the Artist and Altman Siegel Gallery
Quick Facts
Boulder, Colorado
Birth year
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New York City
Works in
New York City

John Currin is an American painter. 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.

In the 1990s, when political themed art works were favored, Currin brazenly used bold depictions of busty young women, mustachioed men and asexual divorcés, setting him apart from the rest. He used magazines like Cosmopolitan along with old issues of Playboy for inspiration for his paintings. In 1992 a subsequent exhibition focused, less sympathetically, on well-to-do middle-aged women. Nonetheless, by the late 1990s Currin's ability to paint subjects of kitsch with technical facility met with critical and financial success, and by 2003 his paintings were selling "for prices in the high six figures". More recently, he has undertaken a series of figure paintings dealing with unabashedly pornographic themes.


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