Amikam Toren was born in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1945. He currently lives and works in London. A fitting representation of the art of Amikam Toren is depicted in the 'Armchair Paintings', which, he has been producing since the late 1980's.
The art of Amikam Toren
The artist's use of cheaply bought, street-market paintings - and the resulting increase in the paintings' selling prices - brings forth the controversial questions corresponding to authorship and the value of artwork. The words cut out of the canvas are idiomatic expressions obscuring the original image on the painting, meant to represent the expressions as almost void of their original and literal meaning as a result of, their constant use.
Amikam Toren- Biography
The work of Amikam Toren work has been displayed in solo exhibitions, such as; L'Empreinte, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris in 1997, Hand in Glove, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris in 1997, and Armchair Paintings 1989-98, Minerva Bar Gallery, Tel Aviv in 1998. Recent Group exhibitions include; British Subjects 1948-2000, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York in 2009 and No New Thing Under the Sun, Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2010.