"Daydreams and nightmares seem to inform Stephen Tompkins' work equally. One addictively absorbing example is GummyMorph, a compendium of lugubrious shape-shifting goblins and tumescent worms that inflate, bloat, pop, reconfigure, melt and sway to a mesmerizing percussive soundtrack. Domesticated Celestial Bestiar… Read More
"Daydreams and nightmares seem to inform Stephen Tompkins' work equally. One addictively absorbing example is GummyMorph, a compendium of lugubrious shape-shifting goblins and tumescent worms that inflate, bloat, pop, reconfigure, melt and sway to a mesmerizing percussive soundtrack. Domesticated Celestial Bestiary (this animation opens with a gong as a house decants an unlikely menagerie of creatures before promptly deliquescing), is another key example of Tompkins' associative process which playfully sutures the sublime and the ridiculous." - Robin Clark, PhD, MCASD (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego)
"Tompkins’ work is almost like as if the entire Dr. Seuss series of children books (not as if that series wasn’t bizarre enough) went on a 14 day LSD binge with all the other necessary drug accoutrements like in “Fear and Loathing Las Vegas“…pure chaotic beauty." - Empty Kingdom Read Less
2013 Expo Chicago : International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art : represented by Ernst Hilger 2013 Cash Cans & Candy International Exhibition of Urban Street Art : Hilger Brotkunsthalle & Hilger NEXT : Vienna Austria 2013 Stephen Tompkins' SACRED DATA (solo exhibition) SOZE Gallery Los Angeles 2013 Stri… Read More
2013 Expo Chicago : International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art : represented by Ernst Hilger 2013 Cash Cans & Candy International Exhibition of Urban Street Art : Hilger Brotkunsthalle & Hilger NEXT : Vienna Austria 2013 Stephen Tompkins' SACRED DATA (solo exhibition) SOZE Gallery Los Angeles 2013 Strictly Paper : Schwalbe & Schwalbe Munich Germany 2012 World Beach Volleyball Grand Slam 2012 : Lisabird Gallery : Klagenfurt Austria 2012 Artpark Villa Bulfon & Lisabird Gallery Klagenfurt Austria 2012 Lisabird Gallery (residency in surrealist Ernst Fuchs' former studio) Vienna Austria 2012 STROKE International Urban Art Fair - Munich, Germany 2011 World Beach Volleyball Grand Slam 2011 : Klagenfurt Austria : Retna, Stephen Tompkins, XOOOOX, Markus Bacher, Lies Maculan, Voka and Meapi 2011 "Kunstler Machen Comics - Comics Werden Kunst" : Hilger Modern Contemporary : Vienna Austria : Asgar/Gabriel, Oliver Dorfer, Erró, Keith Haring, Ai Kijima, Andreas Leikauf, Laurina Paperina, Perfekt World, Mel Ramos, Stephen Tompkins, Andy Warhol, Velimir Zernovski 2011 BLOOOM art fair - Cologne, Germany (Mather:Kunst 'Where on Earth Have You Been?' massive survey of contemporary visual artists around the world) 2011 WowNow International Exhibition of Urban Art : London UK 2010 "Escape 2010" : Vienna Austria (October 2010) 2010 STROKE 03 Urban Art Fair : Berlin Germany 2010 Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (Opening July 3rd 2010) 2010 "Here Not There" : MCASD (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego) 2010 STROKE 02 Urban Art Fair : Munich Germany 2010 "Where on Earth Have You Been?" (a survey of the most influential contemporary urban artists working today) : curated by Mather:Kunst at Stereolab Gallery Amsterdam, Netherlands 2010 "New Contemporaries III" exhibition for San Diego Art Prize nominations: Project X, Solana Beach California 2010 Intoxicated Demons Gallery : Stroke 02 'Warmup' Exhibition : Munich Germany 2009 Solo exhibition "FrischFleisch" : Intoxicated Demons Gallery : Berlin Germany 2009 "Kunst im Tresor" with Intoxicated Demons Gallery : Munich Germany 2008 "Listen to Your Heart" with Islands Fold at MOHS Gallery : Copenhagen Denmark 2008 "TRANSMOGRIFICATIONS" (solo) Found Gallery : Los Angeles 2008 Art Now Fair : New York City, New York 2008 Cypress College Gallery "Intersections" : Cypress California 2007 Jack Fischer Gallery (San Francisco) at the Red Dot Art Fair : Miami Beach 2007 The Public Trust "One Up" : Dallas Texas 2007 Kunst - und Kulturverein : Hamburg Germany 2007 Blutenweiss Gallery : "Anonymous Drawings 6" : Berlin Germany 2007 Art Prostitute Gallery "Melodic Inversions and Contrary Motions" with Ron English and Steven-Hopwood Lewis : Dallas Texas 2007 The Venice Contemporary : Los Angeles 2007 Blutenweiss Gallery : "Anonymous Drawings 5": Berlin Germany 2007 BLK/MRKT Gallery Artists' Annual 2007 : Los Angeles, California 2006 David Leonardis Gallery : Chicago Illinois 2006 "Channel Nine" : Distinction Art Gallery : San Diego, California 2006 "Evidence of the New" : Thomas Lavin at the Pacific Design Center : West Hollywood, California 2006 "Works on Paper" : Fluxfactory : Long Island City, New York 2006 "Labyrinth" at ONSIX Gallery : San Francisco, California 2006 "Fanatical Attics" at ONSIX Gallery : San Francisco, California 2005 Galerie Atelier Herenplaats : Rotterdam, Netherlands 2005 Jack Fischer Gallery : INSIDE/OUTSIDE : San Francisco, California 2004 "Affirmations, Apparitions, Diaries & Dreams" : Headfooters Gallery : Cleveland Ohio 2004 SOLO "Stephen Tompkins: Supraconscious" : Solo show at Risk Press Gallery : West Hollywood, California 2003 B & D Art Gallery : Geneva, Switzerland 2003 "San Francisco Invades Nashville" at TAG Gallery : Nashville, Tennessee 2003 SOLO "Stephen Tompkins' Chimeras" : Headfooters Gallery : Cleveland, Ohio 2002 "Mondes Interieurs (Inside Worlds) Black & White Drawing Exhibit" at B & D Art Gallery : Geneva Switzerland 2002 "Stephen Tompkins: Hallucinations & Other Oddities" Solo showcase at Minna Street Gallery : San Francisco, California 2002 "Digital Visions" at The Center for Contemporary Art : Sacramento California, 2001 Group Exhibit at Balazo Mission Badlands Gallery : San Francisco California (Collaborative works with Joel Elrod) 2001 "Bushwhacked" Balazo Mission Badlands Gallery : San Francisco California 2001 SOLO "Stephen Tompkins Selected Works 1998-2001" : solo show at Architects & Heroes : San Francisco, California 2000 SOLO "Stephen Tompkins: New Paintings & Screenprints" at FUSE, San Francisco California 1999 "The Art of Daniel Johnston & Stephen Tompkins" at Ironwood Industries : Austin, Texas 1998 Group Exhibit at Ironwood Industries : Austin, Texas 1997 Group Exhibit at SPACES Gallery: Cleveland Ohio
BIBLIOGRAPHY 2010 Featured Artist Modern Luxury Magazine (Riviera) 2009 "FRISCHFLEISCH" MONOPOL Germany 2009 "Year One Rewind" by DirtyPilot Press 2008 "The Interview with Stephen Tompkins" by Brad Martin for Secret Still / Juxtapoz 2007 "BLK/MRKT TWO" by BLK/MRKT Gallery and Die Gestalten Verlag 2007 "Manuscribbles" by Anteism Gallery Press 2007 "Anonymous Drawings 6" by Anke Becker 2006 "The Life, Art & Music of Daniel Johnston" by Tarssa Yazdani & Don Goede - Last Gasp Press 2006 Juxtapoz October "Pop Life" section "Fanatical Attics" 2006 Juxtapoz August "Fanatical Attics" 2005 New American Paintings Fall Issue #60 2004 Cleveland Plain Dealer "Outsiders Express Their Inner Selves" by Douglas Max Utter 2004 Raw Vision Magazine Issue 48 Featured in Raw News 2004 Northern Ohio Live Magazine "Affirmations, Apparitions, Diaries & Dreams" 2004 Raw Vision Magazine Issue 47 2003 Raw Vision Magazine Issue 44 2003 Raw Vision Magazine Issue 42 Featured in Raw News 2003 Cleveland Plain Dealer May 8th Front page of Arts 2002 Raw Vision Magazine Issue 41 2002 Raw Vision Magazine Issue 40 Featured in Raw News 2002 Nashville Rage : Critics Choice by Nicole Pietrantoni 2002 San Francisco Examiner : 'Buskwhacking' by Joyce Nishioka 2001 Area I Magazine "An Interview with Stephen Tompkins" by Dulcey Antonucci 1999 Austin Chronicle "The Art of Daniel Johnston & Stephen Tompkins" by Ben Wilcott
2010 San Diego Art Prize 2010 nominated by Robin Clark, PhD Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
2010 Nomination: Lürzer's Archive "200 Best Illustrators"
2009 Nomination: Maverick Movie Awards "Best Original Score" for animated short film "Rubbuds"
2004 New American Paintings Issue #60 Curated by Fereshteh Daftari (Curator of Painting & Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art New York)
2000 Nominated for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art A + D Experimental Design Award Read Less