Gallery News & Events
8 September through 28 Ocotber 2006
Reception: Friday 8 September 7-9 pm
Jan Baum Gallery proudly presents the paintings of Tom Leaver. The artist has had exhibitions throughout the United States during the last 20 years. Always using landscape as both subject and content, an inescapable moody spirituality envelops the viewer. Tom Leaver says: “For me, it’s the process of painting that takes precedence over the image; through the process the image is defined.” Creating near-abstract landscape paintings, his imagery appears to be at once dissolving and emerging, shifting subtly from work to work as well as within each particular piece. Leaver applies the paint to his surfaces--whether wood or canvas--with gloved hands rather than brushes or palette knives, and at the end of the day disrupts the image by brushing turpentine across the top, allowing the paint to drip and dissolve. Randomness and chance play an important role in the work, and the artist may spend months working on a single painting, until something unexpected "clicks." The result is a multilayered work with scumbling, drips, and subtle layers of color that yields imagery bordering on dissolution.