Born in Chicago, Robert Therrien grew up in San Francisco and later moved to Los Angeles in 1971 where he still lives and works.
In the early 1980s he became known for making objects with simple recognizable shapes such as pitchers, coffins and doors, explored through a variety of media including copper, wood and bronze. The artist began playing with scale in the 1990s and this has remained a key means in his practice to engender everyday items with a fresh and astonishing power. His use of domestic images suggests an interest in the spatial world of the still-life. However, his concern with the interaction between the viewer and their environment has a firm connection to architecture.Tate Liverpool's Wolfson Room will become home to Therrien's signature installation No Title (Table and Four Chairs), with a selection of other ARTIST ROOMS works also being presented.ARTIST ROOMS is the outstanding collection of post-war and contemporary art assembled by the art collector Anthony d'Offay and part-gifted to the nation in 2008 with support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish Government.