Born in Concord, New Hampshire
American contemporary visual artist known for his paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints. While in a music band called The Girls with abstract painter Mark Dagley, he met Jean-Michel Basquiat. This prompted him to move to New York City and seriously pursue a career in art. He held his first public exhibitions in East Village galleries between 1981 and 1983 and during that time worked in Andy Warhol’s factory, applying gold dust to Warhol’s Myths series. He coined the term Artificial Realism to describe his hybridization of traditional European Old Master painting with a sensibility informed by American Pop. Along with Basquiat and Keith Haring, he was instrumental in the international revival of painting from the 1980s onward. His works are in the permanent collections of the MoMA, Whitney, Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the Broad Foundation in Los Angeles amongst others. He currently lives and works in New York City.