I LIKE TO PAINT BIG

PAINTINGS BY THOMAS GALLAGHER

One of my very first jobs was at Meola Scenic Studios painting (60' x 30') back drops that were ultimately trucked down to NYC (the Metropolitan Opera House). I got to paint faux marble flooring standing on top of the drop using a 4' paint brush. I put the blue in the sky with a pump spray atomizer in an adjacent studio. Up on a ladder to cut giant Styrofoam rocks with what looked like hedge trimmers. But mostly I washed brushes for all the other wonderfully talented people that I worked with. Whenever I picked up a brush that experience was always with me: the scale, the freedom, and the motion.

It’s been many years since I put paint to canvas. It is calling me again. I can feel it. Perhaps a little retrospective is in order (albeit an incomplete one). More to come...


Duchamp – 1990, Acrylic on wood (24" x 35.5")


figure study – 1990, Acrylic on canvas


figure study – 1990, Acrylic on canvas


Untitled (dream painting) – 1988, Oil paint, plaster, fabric, canvas stretchers (48" x 60")


Untitled – 1988, Oil on canvas (34" x 40")


Untitled – 1988, Oil on canvas


Untitled – 1988, Oil on canvas


Untitled (glazing study) – 1988, Oil on canvas


Untitled (complimentary color study) – 1988, Oil on canvas

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