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Gary Simmons is an American painter and sculptor who studied at the BFA School of Visual Arts, and the California Institute of the Arts. He considers himself primarily a sculptor and is known for his works that illustrate experiences with both class and race. Famous for his ‘erasure’ paintings, his work is shaped by popular culture and personal experiences. These drawings, which are either murals or on panels, are executed with white chalk. He then spreads them with his hands to give them a representative, spectral effect.
One of his large-scale erasure wall drawings, ‘Split Personality’ was the centrepiece of an exhibition at Metro Pictures Gallery in London alongside other semi-erased black-on-black drawings of locations inspired by horror films set in the 1970s.