Dear family and friends, terrestrials and aliens,
I am pleased to announce the Opening Reception of the Sixth Annual "Inspired" Art Exhibition. This show has over 200 art works by over 100 members of the Artist Council of the Huntington Beach Art Center. Opening night is this coming Saturday, November 16, 6 - 9 pm, at 538 N. Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. In addition, appetizers will be served during the opening, with an open wine bar.
I have two new large works in this show from my "Forest Warning" series of paintings from 2019. The show includes all visual art media made by the members within the last two years. The art exhibition will continue for four weeks, until December 14. Gallery hours are M T W & F Noon - 6 pm, and Th Noon - 8 pm.
I look forward to seeing you there if you can make it.
ART STATEMENT FOR “INSPIRED”
Big trees and large forests have long inspired humans beyond the utilitarian resources they provide. Their spirit is uplifting; some becoming massive, towering and long lived wonders of great strength. They thrive with earth, water and sun, and they benefit man and the environment. Symbolically they join the earth with the sky. Yet now only 25% of the earth’s forests remain, and many are in environmental stress from climate change that brings higher temperatures, drought, disease and forest fires.
In my abstract expressionist painting style, I paint abstractions of dying, burned and fallen trees and the feeling of our present and future loss. The few affected by destructive processes symbolically represent the global advancing crisis for both man and nature.
MFA 2006, CSULB
Thom Wright has combined his passions for art, music and engineering, and all of his practices have benefited each other. In 1986, he had an epiphany, one of those moments when he realized that he had to be a better artist. His subject matter moved toward contemporary issues, including geopolitics, global environment, technology, cultural and natural processes of change, and jazz. His abstracts also migrated towards mixed media and printmaking. These interests 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.