Monday, November 16, 2015

Tom Dimond - Etherredge Gallery - University of South Carolina Aiken

Undone - Tom Dimond


November 1 marked the opening of an exhibition of new work by Tom Dimond at the Etherredge Art Gallery on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken, Aiken SC.  The show features Tom's newest work.  The show runs through December 18th.  Click HERE for more information about directions and gallery schedule.

As an artist it is always interesting to see how other artists progress in their work.  Tom is my husband so I have immediate access to his work.  A few years ago he began to explore alternative techniques to develop and discover new images and new ways to "get into" his ideas.  The work here represents his continuing exploration.


Spinner - Tom Dimond


Artist Statement

    My approach to painting is based on a need to establish a communication between my inner consciousness and the primary elements of art. The geometric figures and interplay between positive and negative forms reflect this dialogue between the inner and outer consciousness.

    Oftentimes certain color relationships or textures observed in the natural environment while hiking in the forests and along the shorelines of the lakes of South Carolina or the marks of man in the environment may trigger or influence choices made during the creative process. I feel that my paintings represent a synthesis between certain aspects of the visual environment and the intellectual and emotional responses encountered in the creative process of painting itself.


Undone - Tom Dimond


About two years ago I began exploring various techniques and materials that I have been layering together and combining with a mixture of mediums. How this happens varies somewhat but I can tell you that I combine free flowing gestural marks with watercolor, acrylic monoprints on Japanese papers, inkjet transfers of drawings, found objects, comic pages, watercolor washes, various acrylic mediums such as gloss medium, crackle paste, block out medium and gum arabic. All of the work is done on watercolor paper.

A Good Spot - Tom Dimond

This show includes work from two different series. One is The Pictograph series and the second is concerned with more urban environments. The work in The Pictograph series are all titled after archeological sites around the world that contain cave paintings and prehistoric rock carvings. These pieces contain imagery that is sometimes buried under layers of acrylic mediums that make reference to the natural conditions in which the paintings and carvings exist. I have used monoprints and mandala imagery to suggest images found in these sites. These paintings range in size from 30 x 22 to 20 x 14.

The most recent work employs monoprint transfers, gestural marks with watercolor, large areas of block out, watercolor washes and various imagery from comic books. These works are meant to be suggestive of urban walls; sizes vary from 30 x 22 to 20 x 14.

To see more of Tom's work visit : http://tomdimond.com


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