Hate and Fear
Tom McGill (2020)
8” x 7.5” x 18”
Latex, acrylic, enamel, steel, and plywood
The first born child of my parents, I continue to be the oldest of my siblings. Born in Jamaica, Queens, raised in NJ, I have been a college administrator, stay at home dad, bartender/waiter, teacher, carpenter/contractor/designer. I like to take things apart and, to a lesser degree, put things back together. I have a favorite fork. One of my favorite sense progressions is: smell of coffee beans roasting, smell (and sound) of coffee being ground, smell of coffee brewing, taste and warm steam feel of the first sip of coffee. Since early 2013, I have lived and worked in Hudson, New York. I am the building manager and artist-in-residence at 46 Green Street Studio, a creative center which has studio spaces for artists and the Gallery at 46 Green Street which I co-own and co-curate.
Artist Statement: My work has found influence in many, disparate sources which have driven my creative exploration in different measure during my evolution as a largely self trained artist. My practice is also informed by the tension between "public" and "private" art, accessibility, value, and values. I paint objects, people, animals, and abstract forms; using color and form to communicate mood, to convey emotion, and to express feeling. Often, I render the subjects of my figurative work disentangled from their usual environments. This isolation highlights their intrinsic human made or natural beauty . Iconic cultural, social, and religious images, outside of their expected surroundings, are freed to be reconsidered and reinterpreted. I hope to engage the emotional experience each viewer brings to my work with unusual or unexpected compositions. Rooted in the human experience, My work is sometimes political, religious, and/or spiritual. It is rarely neutral and at times prods viewers to discomfort and at other times generates a smile. My pieces are usually open ended. Each piece is completed in dialog with the viewer, whose experience is an essential component of the work. I am keen to explore connection with others through my work.