Interior spaces, landscape, the intertwining of flora and fauna, provide the framework for my paintings. The canvases are vividly colored, intensely patterned, and lavishly painted.
My paintings are extremely physical, with layer upon layer of heavily bodied pigment. It is this celebration of paint that fuels my imagery.
My palette is one of color as light. The large format allows for the inclusion of the viewer as a presence within the landscape. At first glance, the repetitive forms may be obscured by their complexity of the pattern, but upon close inspection images become clear and their meanings revealed.
Wisconsin born artist Tom Francis is a Professor of Painting at SCAD-Atlanta. He received his B.S., M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Painting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Francis’ paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; The High Museum of Art in Atlanta; Montgomery Museum of Fine Art in Alabama; the Georgia Museum of Fine Art in Athens; the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina; the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi; Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta; Sylvia Schmidt Gallery in New Orleans; KLIM Galleries in Toronto, Canada; and the Chapelle de la Sorbonne in Paris; Refectoire des Jacobins in Toulouse, France; and Palazzo Venezia in Rome.
In addition, his work is in numerous private, public and corporate collections, including those of the Chase Manhattan Bank, Champion Corporation, Savannah College of Art and Design, Lorimar Productions, Disney Corporation, Coca Cola USA; the State of Georgia, and the State of Wisconsin.