About Tom Bianchi Gallery
The Tom Bianchi Gallery was established in June 2012 by Tom and his partner Ben, a Yorkshireman, who lives with Tom in Palm Springs, California. They both come from worlds whose values they challenge by offering visions of a more sensual way of being. Together they share a passion to celebrate erotic life expressed in art. They propose that living with these images on our walls is a contribution to a more free and healthy culture.
"Nowhere in the Universe is it written that a flower is an appropriate subject for art, but a penis is not" - Tom Bianchi
Tom Bianchi was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 1970. He became a corporate attorney, eventually working with Columbia Pictures in New York, painting and drawing on weekends. His artwork came to the attention of Betty Parsons and Carol Dreyfuss and they gave him his first one-man painting show in 1980. In 1984, he was given his first solo museum exhibition at the Spoleto Festival. A full list of exhibitions can be seen here.
After Bianchi's partner died of AIDS in 1988, he turned his focus to photography, producing Out of the Studio, a candid portrayal of gay intimacy. Its success led to producing numerous monographs, including On the Couch, Deep Sex and In Defense of Beauty. His latest project is a book of his first photographs, SX-70 Polaroids taken on Fire Island Pines 1975-1983. Bianchi documented his and his friends' lives in the Pines, amassing an image archive of people, parties and private moments that document the birth of a new culture.
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