Tom McGlynn is an American contemporary artist born in 1958. He is known for his minimalist approach to abstraction and for using monochromatic, contrasting colors. Expressing himself through painting, drawing, photography and sculpture, McGlynn also works as a curator, and is a regular contributing writer to The Brooklyn Rail.
He received his BFA in Printmaking from Ramapo College in New Jersey in 1979, and his MFA in Painting from Hunter College, City University of New York, in 1996. McGlynn is working as a Professor at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. At first look, his pieces seem to be very precise, but a closer look exposes intended imperfection, and clear signs of brush strokes. As he is inspired by consciousness and the ways of its revelation through human experience, the imperfections seem adequate.
The artist has restricted himself to color choice that seems reticent, as he uses colors like blue, red, orange, green, yellow, etc. Far from stability and uniformity, the colors are contradicting and unpredictable. All of his pieces leave the viewers a possibility of different interpretations. That is the key point, as all people, along with their consciousness and unconsciousness are quite different, and we don’t look equally on the same experiences and memories.
His artworks are a part of several public collections, e.g. the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, NY; Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, and many more. McGlynn’s work has also been acquired by the V&A Museum in London, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design.
He is represented by IdeelArt Gallery in London, UK.
Featured image courtesy of IdeelArt Gallery.
All images Copyrighted © Tom McGlynn and IdeelArt.
|2016||Tom McGlynn, Quotidien||Drawing Rooms, Jersey City||Solo|
|2015||Seltsame Kinder, curated by Hoger Stark||Maniere Noire, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2015||Minimax||Bullet Space, NYC||Group|
|2015||Pangrammar, curated by Prem Krishnamurthy||P! Gallery, NYC||Group|
|2015||For Machine Use Only, curated by Mohammad Salemy||Schneiderei ,Vienna||Group|
|2014||Tom McGlynn: Geochromatic Index||dadabasenyc.com||Solo|
|2013||Paper Goods, curated by Kara Rooney,||Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC||Group|
|2013||Out of Step, curated by Brendan Carroll||NJCU, NJ||Group|
|2012||Very Much Like (Pictures of Nothing), paintings and sculptures||Hamilton Square Jersey City||Solo|
|2012||Extrapolations: The Influence of Tony Smith||Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ||Group|
|2011||Mob||Bullet Space, NYC||Group|
|2011||East of Fresno||The Hatchery Art Spaces, Badger California||Group|
|2009||Path Paintings and Drawings||Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont||Solo|
|2009||Paterson The City as Metaphor||William Paterson University, NJ||Group|
|2008||Color Fields and Paths||Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont||Solo|
|2008||Kuf-Mold||Jan Colle Gallerie, Ghent, Belgium||Group|
|2008||Drawing Exhibit||Pingry School Gallery, Martinsville, NJ||Group|
|2007||Wonder (video installation)||Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ||Solo|
|2007||This is That||Pace University, NY, NY||Group|
|2007||Lateral Attitudes||Raritan Valley Community College, North Branch, NJ||Group|
|2006||New Video JC||Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ||Group|
|2004||Test Patterns: Paintings and Drawings||Raritan Valley Community College, NJ||Solo|
|2004||Drift, a Site Specific Installation||Red Hook, NY||Group|
|2004||The A/V Club, Art and Technology||Victory Hall Cultural Center, Jersey City, NJ||Group|
|2003||Color Complexities||JP Morgan Chase and Newport Art, Jersey City, NJ||Group|
|2003||The Object: Color and Carrier||Kresge Gallery at Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ||Group|
|2002||Conversation, Tom McGlynn and Madeleine Hatz||Art Resources Transfer, NYC||Group|
|2000||Alumni Redux One||Kresge Gallery at Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ||Group|
|1999||New Paintings||Art Resources Transfer, NY, NY||Solo|
|1999||Skin Tight||The Work Space at Dolgenos Newman and Cronin, NY, NY||Group|
|1999||Fashioned||White Box Gallery, NY, NY||Group|
|1998||Urban Encounters||The New Museum, NY, NY||Group|
|1996||Counterculture: Alternative Information from The Underground Press to the Internet||Exit Art, NY, NY||Group|