" The harder you look, the harder you look. "
Christopher Wool is a contemporary American painter. Best known for his paintings of large, stenciled letters with bold black lines, Wool's text contrasts with the white backgrounds for maximum visual impact. Contemporary of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, and other artists of the New York art scene of the 1980s, Wool begins to introduce graffiti techniques, such as stencils or spray paint, then screen prints and paint rollers. Wool mixes references to music, cinema, and art, creating works that bear witness to a contemporary experience. He first uses decorative motifs and letters to compose all-over paintings where expression is reduced to a minimum before using screen printing to create progressively denser and freer works.