Gary Simmons (born in 1964, New York, USA) is an American artist that represents the icons and stereotypes of the American popular culture. Became world famous in the 90s with his “erasure drawings,” using chalkboards found in an abandoned school as canvases, Simmons tends to probe with his artworks the misconceptions of class and racial identity. He graduated from California Institute of the Arts and back to Manhattan he opened a vocational school.
“The chalkboard provides a space for me to provide an undercurrent of the work”
Interested in the medium's ambiguous and impermanent nature, his signature “erasure” technique is a process in which the artist partially obscures elements of his drawings and paintings, leaving behind disintegrated traces of his subject. In recent years, he has adapted the process to canvas using pigment, oil paint and cold wax. His inspiration comes mainly from American films, architecture and culture. His work has been acquired by major public art institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, and the Whitney Museum of Art.