Thom Wright and maybe several other SCA members will be showing two paintings in the new year’s exhibition at the Huntington Beach Art Center, “Centered-on-the-Center”. Opening reception is Jan 31, 6-9 pm. This is the big open show of the year, and up to 1500 attendees will be coming. Hope to see some of you there. Thom
ART STATEMENT – TREES
Thom Wright 2013
Big trees have long inspired humans beyond the utilitarian resource 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.
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 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.