American, 1952 -
Tom Baril began working as Robert Mapplethorpe’s printer in 1979 while attending New York's School of Visual Arts, and continued to work closely with him for fifteen years. In stark contrast to Mapplethorpe’s boldly transgressive images, Baril’s images of urban architecture, minimalist seascapes, and detailed still lifes are quietly contemplative and imbued with a timeless and gentle luminosity.
Baril has had numerous solo exhibitions. His work is held by public and private collections worldwide, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Brooklyn Museum, New York; and the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.