Swiss artist Andre Thomkins's first exhibition at the gallery in August 2002 focused particularly on his Lackskins and introduced them to a wider audience. The works, grotesque shapes formed through the transfer to paper of gloss paint on water, blur the boundaries of external accident and deliberate composition.
Singular and mercurial, the oeuvre of the Swiss artist André Thomkins defies easy art historical categorization. The product of a capacious and supple imagination, it encompasses uncanny drawings, music, sculptures and wordplay, utilizing techniques such as anagrams and palindromes. Influenced by Surrealism and Dada and celebrated as a ‘schwebsel,’ or a floating soul, by friends and collaborators including Daniel Spoerri, Dieter Roth, George Brecht, Richard Hamilton and Karl Gerstner, Thomkins has gained a reputation as an ‘artist’s artist’, and is considered one of the most important Swiss artists of the second half of the twentieth century.