The Harwood Museum of art is launching the summer art season with a series of openings in June. The first of which is a Studio 238 exhibition for Tom Rogers, titled “New Paintings.” The concept that inspires his recent paintings is modest but sensuous: rhythmic combinations of saturated color and an array of shapes and patterns. For Rogers, the act of painting means playing in space, exploring and experimenting in pursuit of visual intrigue and amusement. His method makes use of the juxtaposition of vibrational colors, quizzical and illusory optical effects, and ambiguous foreground/background relationships.
His artist statement reads, “Making my art is a joyous, fulfilling endeavor. Each piece has its own animated background story. Creating new shapes, patterns and color relationships that are the foundation for each piece is an intellectual and mechanical process. The image then starts to get its soul when I draw the linear design by hand. I often will scan a small sketch into a computer to develop and elaborate on the design, to play with scale and to evaluate color ideas. I am enthusiastic about mixing traditional painting techniques and new electronic technology. I carefully consider surface texture, edges, and, at times, I consciously reveal the drawing beneath the paint. I like to work with oil paint alone, without other mixtures or media. Applying the pure fluid pigment is one of the most pleasurable aspects of my work. It is wonderfully meditative and transcendent.” For Rogers, art functions in part to inspire feelings, memories and response. He presents his paintings in order to provide that inspiration, amuse viewers, and to counterbalance the weightier considerations that seem ubiquitous in these times.
Rogers is a native of New Jersey, having lived and worked in Taos, New Mexico, since 1989. He studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn; Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey; and, Florida International University in Miami. His work has been exhibited widely in Taos, and has been shown as well in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, the New York City area, Atlanta and Miami.
A Meet the Artist event is scheduled for June 1st from 4-6pm and is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Harwood Museum of Art at 575.758.9826 or go to harwoodmuseum.org.
Meet the Artist: Tom Rogers
- 238 Ledoux Street
- Taos, NM 87571
- Harwood Museum of Art