Mette Tommerup (b. 1969, Denmark; lives in Miami) is a painter whose use of raw uncut canvases and pigments are meant to develop the work through a process, including, but not limited to, exposure to natural elements, and a pilgrimage from inception to completion. Her large-scale art is characterized by exploration, liberation, deconstruction, and immersive performance activation.
Tommerup received a BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and MFA from School of Visual Arts, NYC. Awards include the Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symons Purchase Fund at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC 2010. Works are in the permanent collections of Perez Art Museum Miami, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum at FIU, Miami, The Lowe Art Museum at University of Miami, Wilmer Hale, Washington, D.C. Private commissions from Related Group, Miami, at SLS Cancun, Mexico, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and inclusion in numerous private collections internationally and in the United States.
Solo installations include the trilogy series: Made By Dusk (2020), commission, Locust Projects, Miami, Fla., Love, Ur (2019) and Ocean Loop (2018), Emerson Dorsch, Miami, Fla. In New York, Tommerup has exhibited at Exit Art, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Chelsea Art Museum in New York City. In Miami, at The Bass, Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and The FIU Frost Museum of Art.
Publications include Miami Contemporary Artists, Miami Arts Explosion, 100 Degrees in the Shade and Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze. Subject of essay collection, Trilogy, by Eleanor Heartney. Exhibitions have been reviewed in Art in America, Artnet.com, and The Miami Herald among others.
Portrait by Pedro Wazzan
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