THE HUNTINGTON BEACH ART CENTER PRESENTS THE EIGHTH ANNUAL ARTIST COUNCIL EXHIBITION
Featuring over 180 works from more than 85 members of the HBAC Artist Council, Inspired is presented in the galleries for both live and virtual viewing on the HBAC website.
ON VIEW: NOVEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 18, 2021
MEMBERS AND PATRONS PREVIEW: NOVEMBER 20 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM
PUBLIC OPENING RECEPTION: NOVEMBER 20 | 6:30 - 9 PM
Long-time SCA member Thom Wright is showing two recent paintings in the "Inspired" show at the Huntington Beach Art Center. This is the 8th annual show of artist members of the Artist Council associated with the HBAC. Over 180 artworks are presented, and two of them are my work, from my newest series of abstract paintings titled "In Balance with Nature".
ART STATEMENT –“BALANCE WITH NATURE” SERIES
Thom Wright 2021
In the Anthropocene Age now upon us, humanity and nature are threatened with destruction and extinction, caused by our success in the Industrial Age. We have massively consumed nature’s resources, grown our population to global dominance, and generated earth-changing levels of greenhouse gases and pollutants that are destroying life, a complex process now referred to as climate change. Some of us recognize that we must search for and restore life to a future balance before the processes of change become irreversible.
My “In Balance with Nature” series of paintings address that future goal of global restoration. In my geometric, hard-edge, abstract painting style, I paint tree symbols in a pictorial environment of balance and exchange. Trees become heated and consumed, their by-products enter the ground and atmosphere, and over time stabilize into a cycle of life. Similarly, my visual relationships make the parts and rhythms that make a dynamically balanced whole. Just as artists today seek compositions of pictorial, dynamic forces in balance, I seek to inspire man’s pursuit of a balance with nature. My abstract paintings present a metaphor of humanity’s goal to conquer climate change caused by past and ongoing burning of fossil fuels, and restore a balance of mankind with nature. The colors, lines, shapes and spaces in a dynamic balance in its movements and visual forces.
SCA member Ron Howlett also has a painting on display at the show. Ron has this to say about his work: "I find viewing the universe, with its powerful abstractions of light and color, a very contemplative experience. I hope my work brings to the viewer a deeper aesthetic experience of the night sky."
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