Statement of Purpose
I have been painting for the better part of twenty years with a focus mainly on the human figure and portraiture. After a short artist’s retreat in December of 2019, I was compelled to try a new approach to painting. With abstract art and neo-expressionism in the forefront of my mind, I began to paint with more energy and at a faster pace. At the start of 2020 I rented a warehouse type studio space at what has become known as the “Chocolate Factory” in Red Hook, NY (built in 1888). When the pandemic hit, I found myself quarantining at night in the studio and created over seventy paintings in a year’s time. I begin 2021, knowing that the past year has forced me to grow as a person and as an artist, with a new style, a new vision, and even more drive to create. My latest work responds to our world’s current state of affairs and draws from my own personal experience. My hope is that this work will serve as a valuable reflection and record of what is sure to be known as a highly unique and transformational period in our human history.
About Thomas Cale
Thomas Cale lives in Rhinebeck, NY and has shown in New York City and throughout the Hudson Valley. His work is mainly abstract and combines a beautiful color palette with contemporary figurative images, words, and phrases that reflect everyday current news, culture, fashion, and technology. The dark expressive lines and the layering of materials on the canvas have a gritty/urban quality and generate a feeling of urgency. The result is a projection of our fast paced society and our efforts to keep up with an ever changing, complex, and awkward digital world. Contact directly for inquiries or purchases.