The annual "Centered on the Center" exhibition at the Huntington Beach Art Center is an open show to the first 200 artists, and opens with a reception on Saturday, Jan 23, 6 - 9 pm. Thom Wright has entered two abstract paintings from his latest series entitled "Tectonic Episodes". These are acrylic and oil on panel.
ART STATEMENT FOR "TECTONIC EPISODES"
California sits exposed and waits for the next great earthquake of the San Andreas Fault and all of its splinter faults in California. The earth’s tectonic plates in the athenosphere below the earth’s mantle push, shove and subside the continental plates that eventually burst and send vibration and volcanic forces across the earth. My paintings portray these tectonic events at the surface as abstract cataclysms and distortions of the global surface.
Attached are examples from a current series of candid portraits that I am building. Each of the oil paintings include reflections from a turn of the century style mirror. There will always include one individual looking out from the painting at the artist, who is witnessing an intimate interaction between his subjects.