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Tom Baril was born in Connecticut in 1952. After graduating from New York's School of Visual Arts in 1980 with a BA in photography, he served as Robert Mapplethorpe's exclusive print maker. Since then Baril has distanced himself from the Mapplethorpe work and has enjoyed a solo career by bringing to us something uniquely his own- stunning imagery from both behind the camera and out of the darkroom.

In the last 25 years, printmaking is not all that Tom Baril has mastered. He embraces every nuance of his medium. Whether it is 4x5 Polaroid pinhole or 8 x 10 collodion wet-plate, Baril manages to astonish us with technically perfect and exquisitely pure prints. Baril’s studies include urban architecture, minimalist seascapes and meticulously detailed botanicals and still lifes.

One of Baril’s biggest accomplishments to date has been succeeding to change they way some people look at flowers. Few photographers are capable of bringing their viewers to look on something as familiar as a flower with such a new and fresh perspective. “If I am successful, the photograph reveals the underbelly, the overlooked and the under appreciated.”

In the words of one commentator, Baril's "exquisitely imagined and powerfully rendered" images are "...clearly founded upon the photographic masters of the past. But his tones and techniques demonstrate a contemporary vision, offering an elegant synthesis of artistic tradition and current aesthetics." In other words, the effect achieved in Baril's work is "both classic and contemporary."

Tom Baril’s work has been the subject of two monographs, the highly acclaimed sold out self-titled book published by 4AD in 1997, and Botanica published by Arena Editions in 1999. His work has been featured in numerous publications, and is among prestigious collections both public and private: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography, the George Eastman House, Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum, The Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Polaroid Collection, and the Elton John Collection.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2005
Metropolis Gallery, Bologna, Italy
The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA

2004
Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, Mexico
Foto Fest, Houston, TX
Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2003
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Oswald Gallery, Austin, TX
Works On Paper, Philadelphia, PA

2002
Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA
The Ralls Collection, Washington, D.C.
William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Davis Keil Gallery, Naples, FL

2001
Works on Paper, Philadelphia, PA
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NYC

2000
Carla Sozanni Gallery, Milan, Italy
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Works on Paper, Philadelphia, PA
Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Ralls Collection, Washington, D.C.
Winston Wachtner Fine Art, Seattle, WA

1999
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NYC
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Irving Galleries, Palm Beach, FL
Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1998
Verso Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1997
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1996
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
John Cleary Gallery, Houston, TX
Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

1995
Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1988
Ledel Gallery, New York City
Drew University, Madison, NJ

1987
Center for Metropolitan Studies, University of Missouri, Santa Cruz Operations, Santa Cruz, CA

1986
Albrecht Art Museum, St. Joseph, MO

1984
Ledel Gallery, New York City

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2002
“What were they Thinking?” Catherine Edelman Gallery

2000
Five Years,” Candace Perich Gallery

1999
"Sea Change" - The Seascape in Contemporary Photography", Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
"Sea Change" - The Seascape in Contemporary Photography", International Center of Photography, NYC

1998
"The Power of Flowers", Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO
"Waterproof" Parque Expo, 98, Lisbon, Portugal
“Sea Change" - The Seascape in Contemporary Photography", Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ

1997
Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY

1995
From New York to L.A. - Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, KS

1994
The Ralls Collection, Washington, D.C.
Staley Wise Gallery, New York City

1992
River Run Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho

1989
ArtLink, Fort Wayne, IN
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

1988
Little-John Smith Gallery, New York City

1985
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NB

1983
Ledel Gallery, New York City

1982
City Gallery, New York Cultural Center, New York City

PUBLICATIONS
Tom Baril, published by 4AD, 1997
Tom Baril: Botanica, Arena Editions, May 2000

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Philadelphia Mesuem of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Smith College, Northampton, MA
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
Vereins Und Westbank AG, Hamburg, Germany
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
Alan Seigel Collection
Elton John Collection
Ralph Lauren Collection
Hallmark Photographic Collection, Kansas City, MO