In the main space, the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac presents a group of recent paintings by the American abstract painter Jonathan Lasker, who has not exhibited in France for three years. There are five large scale paintings from 1999 and 2000 and a group of smaller works; in addition to those paintings, the gallery also shows the small but highly detailed oil studies. Employing miniature brushes, tips of palette knives, ball-point pens and felt-tip markers these studies are like virtual paintings, allowing Lasker a thorough exploration of the composition before the execution of the same motif on a large canvas.
Born in 1948 in New Jersey City, Lasker attended the School of Visual Arts, New York (1975-77) and the California Institute of Arts in Valencia (1977). Lasker has lectured extensively in the United States and Europe and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1987 and 1989.