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 of my “Earth Tree” series paintings have been accepted to the Artist Council Inaugural Exhibitionof the Huntington Beach Art Center. My latest one in the series is shown above, which has a more expressionist development and vibrant palette. The warm tones dominate over the cool blue-green base, with a strong broadside of light and heat from the left. I would be pleased to see you at the opening or at the artists’ talk evening. Below are the details of show and my art statement for the Earth Tree series.
I also add a note of good news about my other current show at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. At the Sept. 20 opening, I received a first place award in painting (third overall) for the three Earth Tree paintings in that show.
Friday, October 10th, 7PM – 9PM
*Musical entertainment by Sebastian Bop
*Catering provided by Cucina Alessa
MEET THE ARTISTS:
ArtWalk Thursday, October 16th, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Big trees have long inspired humans beyond the utilitarian resources they provide. Their spirit is uplifting; they grow in annual cycles, becoming massive, towering and long lived wonders. There is extraordinary strength in their limbs and branches, and yet they rhythmically move with the wind. Each is unique, yet is constantly changing with time and season. They thrive with earth, water and sun to benefit man and the environment, and symbolically they join the earth with the sky. In my Cubist and expressionistic painting style, I paint abstractions of these qualities of trees.
“The Strand at Huntington” Series
By Thom Wright
My art in “The Strand at Huntington” series concerns processes of change of a building site and its consequent transformation of our environment and local culture. A large site in the heart of my town presents a show of architectural stages that began with razing the previous structures and removing the past before building the new. These in-process scenes are fragments of the whole and something of what will be. They have its unique geometry and inner structures, its layers and modern building technologies that I translate into layers of mixed media on paper.
Each painting captures some building phase of the events of that site. I make semi-abstract compositions rather than the completed whole, and investigate the chemistry, weights, shifts, dynamic forces and rhythms of the unfinished state. My mixed media compositions of shape, space, color, layer and line become my personal expression of transformation and change.
SCA member Thom Wright has been accepted to the IFAC All Media 2014 show at the Irvine Fine Art Center. Three of his “Earth Tree” series are included.
The opening reception is on Saturday, Sept. 20, 4-6 pm.
The show continues through Nov 4.
The IFAC is located at 14321 Yale Avenue, Irvine, CA.
SCA is happy to announce that Thom Wright is one of about 90 artists participating in the First Annual Food, Fine Art and Music Festival of Huntington Beach.
As in many communities across the USA, art shows are evolving into weekend cultural art events. This one is hosted near the Hyatt Resort and Hotel at Beach Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. This fine art event has no crafts, has classic rock music of the 60’s and 70’s, and is in collaboration with the Huntington Beach Art Center, of which I am a member. Thom will be selling his recent paintings (see example above of one of his “jazz guitar abstracts” series), and in competition with many, many others. And there are greater enjoyments of the day with options for sampling the best of local restaurants and entertainment by many old-time rock and roll bands and singers. A big turnout is expected from their heavy media advertising for its opening success.
As yet, Thom does not have a booth assignment, but it will have a sign on the top of a white canopy: Thom Wright Fine Art
Friday September 5 (4-8 pm) $5 entry first half-day special
Saturday September 6 and Sunday the 7th (11 am – 8 pm)
Food and Art Entry: $15/day, and with music $20/day
Find out more here: www.hbfest.com