Tom Brydelsky

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ARTIST STATEMENT

Born in 1957, Tom Brydelsky lives in New York. His mixed-media encaustic paintings are an investigation into the nature of perception, memory, and the living environment. They have appeared in galleries, art fairs and non-profit spaces throughout the U.S. and Europe.

 

 

 

He has extensive teaching experience and was the Studio Art Lab Coordinator at the Guggenheim Museum in New York for many years. He has taught workshops to adults and children throughout New York specifically at, the Queens Museum of Art, Hecksher Museum of Art, Parrish Art Museum, and in conjunction with his solo exhibitions in Fayetteville, AK and Asheville. NC. His work is in the collection of the Hecksher Museum of Art as well as many corporate and private collections in the United States and Europe.

Of his work, Brydelsky says, "Initially, using a series of photographs I have taken, I manipulate a picture digitally incorporating various textures and colors to re-invent the feeling that a particular environment or object evoked. The resulting image is printed using archival inks and paper, mounted onto a wood panel and becomes the base for an encaustic painting. The translucent quality of encaustic directly applied to the surface augments whatever atmospheric condition the image holds. In addition, it is a media that allows for a broad range of surface textures and, by its very nature, speaks of the fragility of life and memory."

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