All posts by Thom Wright

Thom Wright has combined his passions for art and engineering, and his two practices benefited from each other. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he joined the U. S. Navy after high school and then returned home to go to college. After graduating in 1970 with a BA and MA in mathematics from UCLA and CSULA, he began a successful, 32 year career in aerospace. While working in advanced space systems and technologies development, he began taking art and art history courses at night at local community colleges. He began selling art and successfully entering competitive art shows in 1978. His art interest initially centered in abstract landscape and figurative painting, influenced both by 20th century European modernists and American expressionists. Beginning in 1986, his subject matter moved toward contemporary issues, including technology, geopolitics, and the global environment. His abstract painting style also migrated towards inclusion of industrial materials, found objects and mixed media, which reflect influences of his technical background. These issues and processes continue in his art work. Desiring to improve his skills, theory and knowledge in art, he took early retirement from the Boeing Corp. in 1999 and entered art school full time. In May, 2006, he completed the MFA program in Drawing and Painting at California State University, Long Beach.

Two SCA Artists Showing at the Sunset Beach Art Gallery

Jazz Combo #20, Monotype, 16″ x 20″, Oil-based ink on Stonehenge paper, 2017,

SCA artists Ron Howlett and Thom Wright will be showing their recent art works at the Sunset Beach Art Gallery. This weekend all-media show is part of the Sunset Beach Art Festival held annually on Mother’s Day weekend, coming up on May 13 and 14, 10 am to 5 pm. Ron will be showing several watercolors, and Thom will be showing several of his figurative monotypes from his latest series entitled “Jazz Combo”. This event is sponsored by the “Las Damas” Women’s Club of Sunset Beach, and raises funds donated to local educational groups.

Thom Wright at Centered on the Center

Acrylic on canvas, 42" x 42", abstract expressionist painting
Acrylic on canvas, 42″ x 42″, abstract expressionist painting, Thom Wright, 2016

Upcoming at the Huntington Beach Art Center, Thom Wright has entered two paintings, “Jazz Duet” and “Jazz Guitars #4”.  Most of my work this past year deals with making jazz come alive.  The opening reception is Saturday, Jan 28, 6 – 9 pm. This annual show is a very popular classic for artists and residents to attend. Refreshments and music too. Located at 538 Main St., Huntington Beach. Hope to see SCA members there.

Thom Wright at OCCCA

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“Round the Clock”, Monoprint, Oil-based ink on BFK Rives paper, 18″ x 24″, Thom Wright

Three monoprints by Thom Wright have been accepted to the “Art Start” Exhibition at OCCCA. This show will have 100 artists selected nationally and runs November 5 to December 9. The opening reception is Saturday, Nov 5, 6 – 9 pm. All works in the show must be priced below $250 to provide more affordable art to the general public.  Entry to the show was made free by OCCCA to encourage artists to participate.  OCCCA is located in Santa Ana, and its website is www.occca.com

 

 

Thom Wright at Huntington Beach Art Center

The annual “Centered on the Center” exhibition at the Huntington Beach Art Center is an open show to the first 200 artists, and opens with a reception on Saturday, Jan 23, 6 – 9 pm. Thom Wright has entered two abstract paintings from his latest series entitled “Tectonic Episodes”. These are acrylic and oil on panel.
ART STATEMENT FOR “TECTONIC EPISODES”
California sits exposed and waits for the next great earthquake of the San Andreas Fault and all of its splinter faults in California. The earth’s tectonic plates in the athenosphere below the earth’s mantle push, shove and subside the continental plates that eventually burst and send vibration and volcanic forces across the earth. My paintings portray these tectonic events at the surface as abstract cataclysms and distortions of the global surface.
Tectonic Episode #16, 2015

Thom Wright showing at the Rainwater Gallery

Earth Tree #10
Abstract painting about the stress on the large trees of the earth caused by climate change.
As part of a group show at the newest art gallery in Huntington Beach, the Rainwater Gallery, hosts an opening on Thursday evening, July 16, 6 – 9 pm. Located at 508 Main St., the gallery has a large beautiful space showing many art styles from local artists. This opening is also coordinated with the Artwalk Night of Huntington Beach, with many other participating artists, and with the Huntington Beach Art Center, showing the art of 25 members of their Artist’s Council. Live music and refreshments provided.