Self Portrait, 1985
lithograph, ed. 35, 8 1/2 x 7 3/4"
about the artist
George Tooker came from a privileged family. He went to the Phillips Academy and then Harvard to satisfy his parents wishes. Then he became an artist. His subjects were often depicted as androgynous, anxiety-ridden figures who were psychologically estranged, in The Waiting Room (pictured above) he gives us a kind of purgatory – people just waiting – waiting to wait. They are not enjoying life, not being happy. just waiting for something that might be better. His paintings appear to glide in an enigmatic, timeless world made all the ore seductive by using egg-tempera.
He received many awards including the National Medal of Honor.