Tom McGlynn

United States 1958

Abstract Art

Tom McGlynn
Tom McGlynn
United States
February 4, 2016
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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.

Art by Tom McGlynn

Tom McGlynn - Survey 90 (red diagonal yellow on blue field), 2014 (detail) - Large Decal 99, 2015
Tom McGlynn – Survey 90 (red diagonal yellow on blue field), 2014 (detail) / Large Decal 99, 2015

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.

Art by Tom McGlynn

Tom McGlynn - Survey 14, 2012 - Decal 20 (horizontal blue bars on orange), 2013
Tom McGlynn – Survey 14, 2012 / Decal 20 (horizontal blue bars on orange), 2013

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.

Art by Tom McGlynn

Tom McGlynn - Station, 2012 - Decal (two yellow bars over red on blue), 2014
Tom McGlynn – Station, 2012 / Decal (two yellow bars over red on blue), 2014

He is represented by IdeelArt Gallery in London, UK.

Tom McGlynn lives and works in the NYC area.

Featured image courtesy of IdeelArt Gallery.

All images Copyrighted © Tom McGlynn and IdeelArt.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Tom McGlynn, QuotidienDrawing Rooms, Jersey CitySolo
2015Seltsame Kinder, curated by Hoger StarkManiere Noire, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2015MinimaxBullet Space, NYCGroup
2015Pangrammar, curated by Prem KrishnamurthyP! Gallery, NYCGroup
2015For Machine Use Only, curated by Mohammad SalemySchneiderei ,ViennaGroup
2014Tom McGlynn: Geochromatic Indexdadabasenyc.comSolo
2013Paper Goods, curated by Kara Rooney,Susan Eley Fine Art, NYCGroup
2013Out of Step, curated by Brendan CarrollNJCU, NJGroup
2012Very Much Like (Pictures of Nothing), paintings and sculpturesHamilton Square Jersey CitySolo
2012Extrapolations: The Influence of Tony SmithPierro Gallery, South Orange, NJGroup
2011MobBullet Space, NYCGroup
2011East of FresnoThe Hatchery Art Spaces, Badger CaliforniaGroup
2009Path Paintings and DrawingsGreen Mountain College, Poultney, VermontSolo
2009Paterson The City as MetaphorWilliam Paterson University, NJGroup
2009Kuf-MoldRotterdam, Holland Group
2008Color Fields and PathsCastleton State College, Castleton, VermontSolo
2008Kuf-MoldJan Colle Gallerie, Ghent, BelgiumGroup
2008Drawing ExhibitPingry School Gallery, Martinsville, NJGroup
2007Wonder (video installation) Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJSolo
2007This is ThatPace University, NY, NYGroup
2007Kuf-MoldIstanbul, TurkeyGroup
2007Lateral AttitudesRaritan Valley Community College, North Branch, NJGroup
2006New Video JCJersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJGroup
2004Test Patterns: Paintings and DrawingsRaritan Valley Community College, NJSolo
2004Drift, a Site Specific InstallationRed Hook, NYGroup
2004The A/V Club, Art and TechnologyVictory Hall Cultural Center, Jersey City, NJGroup
2003Color ComplexitiesJP Morgan Chase and Newport Art, Jersey City, NJGroup
2003The Object: Color and CarrierKresge Gallery at Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ Group
2002Conversation, Tom McGlynn and Madeleine HatzArt Resources Transfer, NYC Group
2000Alumni Redux OneKresge Gallery at Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJGroup
1999New PaintingsArt Resources Transfer, NY, NYSolo
1999Skin TightThe Work Space at Dolgenos Newman and Cronin, NY, NYGroup
1999FashionedWhite Box Gallery, NY, NYGroup
1998Urban EncountersThe New Museum, NY, NYGroup
1996Counterculture: Alternative Information from The Underground Press to the InternetExit Art, NY, NYGroup
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