Tom Gaines is a contemporary American painter who works in oil. The subject matter in the earlier more representational work is recognizable, but it has strong abstract considerations. The more recent paintings, "The Rock Series", are even more abstract... enigmatic in composition and more complex in surface and color. The surface appears eroded to reveal multiple layers of subjectively selected colors. Mr. Gaines is a graduate of The University of Oregon and The School of Visual Arts in New York City. He also has an MFA from The University of California, San Diego. He resides in Moorestown, New Jersey and has a summer studio in Belfast, Maine.

Rock 106 Seagull

Rock 106 Seagull
(33 x 33)
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Rock 129 Krakatoa

Rock 129 Krakatoa
(32 x 24)
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Rock 68 Eclipse

Rock 68 Eclipse
(31 x 24)
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Rock 56 Black and Tan

Rock 56 Black and Tan
(36 x 27)
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Rock 166 Silver Lining

Rock 166 Silver Lining
(32 x 45.5)
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Rock 117 Cloudy Day

Rock 117 Cloudy Day
(29.5 x 25.25)
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Rock 110 Cloud

Rock 110 Cloud
(31 x 31)
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Rock 120 Buffalo Crossing

Rock 120 Buffalo Crossing
(28.5 x 28.5)
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Rock 128 Salome

Rock 128 Salome
(20.5 x 36.25)
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Rock 137 Mandalay

Rock 137 Mandalay
(33.5 x 15.5)
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Rock 156 Testament

Rock 156 Testament
(28.5 x 28.5)
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Rock 143 Orpheus

Rock 143 Orpheus
(33 x 23)
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Rock 167 Egg

Rock 167 Egg
(31 x 25.5)
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Rock 105 Soldier

Rock 105 Soldier
(36 x 18)
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Rock 151 White Door

Rock 151 White Door
(30 x16)
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Rock 77 Red Baron

Rock 77 Red Baron
(30.5 x 23)
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Rock 155 Night Fall

 

Rock 155 Night Fall
(41.5 x 30.5)
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Rock 145 White Gold

Rock 145 White Gold
(29.5 x 20.75)
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ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My work is not representational. Ironically, it is grounded in the most basic forms of reality... of nature. That is, sky, sea, sand and rock. These forms ignite my imagination. They are a means to organize the forms and to use color in a very random and liberated way. Color, surface, shape and edge... this is the realism in my work. This is the subject matter.

Although the paint is appled with a brush, there is little or no brushwork. The surface of all the forms suggest a homogeniety of surface.

There is a paradox in the work. The forms have weight within their loosely geometric edges. But, there is also lightness in the layered movement of color.The process erodes not only the interior of the forms, but it also loosens the edges. This makes them more organic and gives the forms a sense of floating and lightness. Solid, but fluid. At rest, but moving.

When the composition is very simple, the form uncomplicated and the colors subtlely related, there is a sense of quiet reflection. The mind and body are in a state of rest. When there are multiple forms and more contrasting colors, the pulsation is quickened and a different inner experience is created.

These paradoxes suggest a feeling of meditation. The paintings are like icons. They are like music with the layering and weaving of forms and colors, suggesting fugues. They are like the embodiment of dreams. They are like memory.

 

Tom Gaines

tomgaines2@verizon.net

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Susan Eley Fine Art
New York City
Corey Daniels Gallery
Wells, Maine
Schmidt Dean Gallery
Philadelphia, PA
Richard Rosenfeld Gallery
Philadelphia, PA
Benjamin Mangel Gallery
Philadelphia, PA
Paul Sanger Gallery
Tenafly, NJ
Ward Nasse Gallery
New York City
J.B. Speed Museum
Louisville, KY
Huntington Galleries
Huntington, WV

Tom Gaines and his art were featured in an article titled Canvas by Britta Konau in the February 2014 edition of Maine Home and Design Magazine.

Tom Gaines won the Juror Award at the Creative Tension Exhibition at Perkins Art Center juried by Kirsten M.Jensen,Phd, Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.