“Venice Beach Flower 9” by Tom Paiement
Tom says this about the new work:
“In February of 2013, I spent several weeks drawing on and around the Venice Beach boardwalk in California. It was inspiring in its energy. I liked the blocky shapes and intricate overlays of the boardwalk stores and buildings against the broad colors of the sky, beach, grass and ocean. They became my basic forms, palette and horizontal platform. A vase of flowers sitting on a concrete wall overlooking the beach became a central theme which was a natural evolution from my former work with flowers.
A month in Merida, Mexico in March 2014 deepened and enriched the color palette. It became the colors of heat. The wood cut line work of the flowers changed as well, influenced by the iron filigree work throughout the city and the fluid line of graffiti in both Merida and Venice.
I am always experimenting with materials to find the balance between the impulsive/gestural mark and the more analytical/craft aspect of a piece.”
Tom Paiement received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine and worked in the aerospace industry. Upon visiting an artist’s studio with a friend, he was seduced by the world of creating art. A chance meeting with the artist Mauricio Lasansky (who at the time was on the faculty of the University of Iowa) translated into a move to Iowa where Tom received his Masters of Fine Art in Printmaking in 1984. After teaching at several other universities, Tom returned to Maine and has never looked back.
Over the last 25 years, Paiement has exhibited extensively, and has been sought after by private and public collections alike. This will be his eighth solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries.