Thomas McSwane's artistic career spans
nearly 40 years. He earned his Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree from San Diego State University and completed two years of
post-graduate study in art history and criticism at SUNY Stony Brook. He has
been the recipient of various grants and scholarships as well as an art
instructor, exhibition curator and theatrical stage designer. He has exhibited
widely and his paintings are in private collections on both the West and East
Helen Harrison, in the NY Times writes: "The show's most overtly spirited works are Thomas McSwane's paintings on paper... Mr. McSwane's sensibility is right in tune with landscape painters with roots in expressionism. In his abstracted views of woods and gardens, color, rather than line or shape, is the defining factor. Forms seem to be mere excuses for applying colors to particular areas, giving them a raison d.etre without restricting them to mundane functions like modeling or description."
In another review Ms. Harrison writes: "Distorted color and form combine to intensify impressions, pushing the commonplace toward the transcendent."
The underlying theme for my work since 1986 has also been rooted in an ancient biblical text: ....while we look not at things that are seen, but at things that are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things that are not seen are eternal..
The pieces in this presentation are dated from 2000 - 2008 and introduce the idea of doors, portals and veils as a visual device bringing multiple dimensions to a two dimensional surface. These gateways are an opportunity for the viewer to see not only the image before them but also the interior spaces of the heart, mind and spirit.
CV available upon request.