GARY BASEMAN was born in Los Angeles in 1960 where he lives and works.
He explores the “beauty of the bittersweetness of life” through painting, performance, film and fashion. Recent projects include a collaboration with COACH; a documentary “Mythical Creatures” about his family heritage; and a traveling retrospective that featured hundreds of his paintings, photographs, videos, and toy and costume designs.
Baseman’s multifaceted career includes illustration for clients including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and the Wall Street Journal and the bestselling board game Cranium; as well as animation for which he created the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning ABC/Disney series “Teacher’s Pet.” He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on graphic and multidisciplinary arts and visual communications.
Among the numerous solo exhibitions we remind in 2019 The Purr Room, The Other Art Fair, London, UK, and the previous year at the nameske fair in Santa Monica, CA; in 2015 HAPPY TOBY TO YOU!, Hong Kong Times Square, Hong Kong; in 2014 The Door is Always Open, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan; the previous year the namesake exhibition at Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA; alike in 2013 December Mythical Homeland, Shulamit Gallery, Venice, CA; in 2012 Vicious, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; in 2011 Walking through Walls, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY; in 2010 Dream Reality, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, USA; in 2009 Pictopia, Haus der Kulturen, Berlin, Germany; in 2008 In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, USA; in 2007 Hide and Seek in the Forest of ChouChou, Billy Shire Fine Arts, Los Angeles, USA; I Melt in your Presence, Modernism, San Francisco, USA; in 2006 Venison, Mercado Gallery, Barcelona, Spain; Animamix, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai; in 2005 A Moment Ago, Everything was Beautiful, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, USA; The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, USA; For the Love of Toby, Billy Shire Fine Arts, Los Angeles, USA.
Among the numerous group exhibitions we remind 2011 Rolling Stone: Illustrating Music Icons, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY; Future Pass, Venice Biennale collateral exhibition, Venice, Italy; The Emergence of the Pop Imagist, Scuola dei Mercanti, Campo Madonna dell’Orto, Venice, Italy; Fantisilandia, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; in 2010 SugiPop! Anime, Manga, Comics and Their Influence on Contemporary Art Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portland, USA; Sacred Memories: Cross Cultural Expressions of Day of the Dead, Pico House, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Los Angeles, CA; Five Year Anniversary, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY; in 2009 Apocalypse Wow!, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy; Pictopia, Haus der Kulturen, Berlin, Germany.