Selected works by Thomas Zipp

Thomas Zipp
Black Dada


Portfolio of 14 etchings Portfolio 1 from an edition of 42 Portfolio 2 from an edition of 42

76 x 58 cm
Thomas Zipp
Schwarze Ballons (1. down, 2. up, 3. S.K., 4a. tumb...tumb..., 4b.ABCE, 5. little U-light, 6. L.E.M., 7. O.E., 8. Elektrizitait)


9 part installation

mixed media
Thomas Zipp’s installations appropriate the language of museum and scientific display to convey a madman-made, foreboding view of western civilisation’s achievements. Schwarze Ballons (2005), a nine-part installation, includes among its components framed drawings that look like archival documentation, and roughly painted portraits of menacing individuals with brightly lit eyes, like undead gangsters. Two large black balloon-shaped sculptures, one suspended and one resting on the floor, fill the space with a sinister air. The work as a whole feels like a futuristic memorial, the result of an unfamiliar modern witchcraft.
Thomas Zipp
Der Schlaf IV (y-drops)


Acrylic and oil on muslin/ mixed media /chandelier (3 Parts)

250 x 340cm / 32 x 27 cm / 166 x 155cm
Der Schlaf IV (y-drops) (2006) is an ominous installation in greyscale, consisting of a painting, a framed sheet with a crossed line and needle pricks, and chandeliers made out of fluorescent tubes. Sleep (the English translation of Der Schlaf) and the dark realm of the unconscious are referenced in the title and the mountain topped with sexually charged shapes painted in black. The framed sheet, with its unreadable message, points to indecipherable depths of dream logic and the impossibility of understanding even with the help of the bright lights overhead.
Thomas Zipp


Acrylic and oil on canvas/ mixed media (3 Parts)

250 x 340cm / 160 x 200 cm / 32 x 27cm

In Zipp’s works, the free-association of the unconscious is an entry point into investigating collective guilt. E-Licht (2006), another museum-like display, juxtaposes two paintings – one of a flying zeppelin and the other a large, nervous abstraction – with a schematic drawing, like a minimalist condensation of idealist values from a previous era. A.B.:H.G.:B.16. (2005) and World Kantzler Office (2004) appropriate the codes of war-cabinet imagery to playfully question the way history is constructed.

Thomas Zipp


Acrylic and oil on canvas / Mixed Media

(2 parts)
Asked about his practice, Zipp responds with a brief history of lysergic acid diethylamine, aka LSD, and its early transition from medical hope to potential CIA tool for mind-control and chemical warfare. Each of Zipp’s charismatic works aims to shed light on the quasi-fictional truths of post-Enlightenment so-called progress, conveying a sense of the real darkness lurking behind irrational, violent acts that are historically constructed as victories.
Thomas Zipp
World Kantzler Office - detail


Mixed media

300 x 400 x 250cm

Other Resources
Additional information on Thomas Zipp
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Alison Jacques Gallery - representing gallery, London - Dennis Hollingsworth explores the world of Thomas Zipp
I've heard that Thomas Zipp has been compared to Anselm Kiefer, the next generation. I would guess that this is so because of a focus on the nature of German character. This, apparently a question that has become urgent in Germany in the aftermath of the highjinks of the 20th century. Thomas Zipp – Alison Jacques Gallery.
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Thomas Zipp included in the exhibition: "Painting on the Roof: Works Curated by Veit Loers"
It includes works by nine German artists, and the exhibition can be seen as a Manifesto of the new painting. These artists do not pay tribute to the large formats and violence of the post-Pop painting of the 1990s, but neither do they belong to the ranks of the "politically correct" art imposed by vogue-conscious curators.
Vor dem acht Meter langen Gemälde liegen 33 schwarze, ja was? Riesige Kapseln aus Leinwand, Holz und Farbe - eine Mischung aus überdimensionierten Tranquilizern und Bomben. "Dirty Tree black Pills" lautet der Titel von Thomas Zipps Installation.