R. Tom Gilleon | Nine Little Tipis Artist Reception: January 24, 7-9pm
21 - 27 January 2019 Scottsdale
Altamira Fine Art Scottsdale is pleased to present new work from R. Tom Gilleon in "Nine Little Tipis", starting January 21, 2019
Please join us for a reception Thursday, January 24th from 7-9pm at our Scottsdale gallery location. Meet the Artist and see his latest work in a unique installation.
To call R. Tom Gilleon a master colorist falls far short of the dramatic complexity that builds beneath his portraits of tipis. The scenes are best described as cinematic and poised for action. Look closely and his compositions begin to unravel rapturously: abstract shapes and unexpected colors surface, as do strange configurations and layers. As always, boldly-hued horizons seem to sigh into oblivion. The paintings are allegorical in nature, infused with equal parts realism and symbolism. History emoted, not recorded. Gilleon came to fine art after an illustrious career in commercial illustration, working for NASA and Disney among many others—decades indivisible from the confidence of his paintbrush. At Disney, he freed himself of the literal, recalling a moment when his friend Herb Ryman, Disney’s first full-time artist on staff, encouraged him during a live model session to find beauty in an ordinary visage. In that moment, Gilleon realized he had dropped back into the default of copying what he saw, of being “a courtroom artist covering a trial.” His fine art career would come to reflect that moment of clarity, to instead extract and amplifying the subtleties of the world around him.
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