“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.
Since even before receiving a B.A. degree in fine arts from San Francisco State University, I have been celebrating art: making it, studying it, loving all things art. I had some minor success along the way and just kept learning and practicing.
Then, this past year I suffered a number of tragedies. These life events suddenly showed up uninvited in my art when, for the first time, I leaped from craft to painting. My paintings began with a magically burst of color and form and it continues to metamorphose into something powerful and moving to me. People began noticing. Hugo Rivera offered me a spot in his gallery. My pictures began selling. I am transformed with each new painting.