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    Art Brokerage: Tomma Abts German Artist: b. 1967. Tomma Abts was born 1967 in Kiel, Germany. She is an abstract painter. She won the Turner Prize in 2006. Abts works in acrylic and oil, often building up her designs from repetitive geometrical elements. Abts's style can be classified as abstract, but also in opposition to Germany's Neo-Expressionist figurative painting. None of her paintings are representational. There are no references to nature, the world or any other theme. The abstraction in her paintings is supported by the lack of detail and an over all retro feel. The paintings do not follow the traditional rules of abstract art though. They involve complex shapes that are layered and woven in different ways with added highlights, shadows and sense of depth. All of Abts's paintings are 48 x 38 centimeters and the titles of her paintings are derived from a dictionary of German first names. She claims that this is the size and style that works for her. Each work takes on a color scheme that is rich and somewhat neutral. The colors are not obviously vibrant and work with each other's tones within each work of art. Abts creates a 3-D effect by continually and meticulously layering and working up each painting. The works are thickly painted, almost over-painted, which gives a hint of something created by trial and error. It seems as though the layers of paint could be covering up something underneath the finished product. Abts is the winner of the 2006 Turner Prize, awarded by the Tate in London. The Tate Gallery has praised "her rigorous and consistent approach to painting" and added "Through her intimate and compelling canvases she builds on and enriches the language of abstract painting." Listings wanted.

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