The concept that inspires my recent paintings is modest but sensuous: rhythmic combinations of saturated color and an array of shapes and patterns. For me, the act of painting means playing in space, exploring and experimenting, in pursuit of visual intrigue and amusement. My method makes use of the juxtaposition of vibrational colors, quizzical and illusory optical effects, and ambiguous foreground/background relationships. Some of the visual quirks are very subtle and can be missed in just a passing look at the paintings. Slow viewing will reveal unique energy and something more in each painting. I discovered that many of the pieces absolutely radiate on their own when illuminated solely by north windows, as I turn off the studio lights at the end of the day.
Making my art is a joyous, fulfilling endeavor. Each piece has its own animated background story. Creating new shapes, patterns and color relationships that are the foundation for each piece is an intellectual and mechanical process. The image then starts to get its soul when I draw the linear design by hand. I often will scan a small sketch into a computer to develop and elaborate on the design, to play with scale and to evaluate color ideas. I am enthusiastic about mixing traditional painting techniques and new electronic technology. I carefully consider surface texture, edges, and, at times, I consciously reveal the drawing beneath the paint. I like to work with oil paint alone, without other mixtures or media. Applying the pure fluid pigment is one of the most pleasurable aspects of my work. It is wonderfully meditative and transcendent.
Art functions in part to inspire feelings, memories and response. I present my paintings in order to provide that inspiration, amuse viewers, and to counterbalance the weightier considerations that seem ubiquitous in these times.
Taos artist, Tom Rogers studied at the School of Art, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and at Florida International University, Miami, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio painting. He also received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ. A native of New Jersey, Rogers has lived, worked and shown his paintings in Miami, Atlanta, and the New York City area.
In Taos, New Mexico, he has exhibited in several shows at the Millicent Rogers Museum, The Harwood Museum and Taos Invites Taos, 2008, 2009. Rogers has been represented in Taos by 203 Fine Art, Bryans Gallery, Collins-Pettit Gallery, Envision Gallery, and, The Taos Gallery. In Santa Fe, he has been represented by The William and Joseph Gallery. He has had nine one-person shows in Taos and his work can be found in notable collections locally and nationwide. Rogers is a founding member of the Taos Society of Portrait Artists.
A more detailed biography, a list of collectors and a chronology of exhibitions is available upon request.
TO VISIT OR CONTACT THE ARTIST OR TO PURCHASE ARTWORK
Tom Rogers’ studio is located a few miles north of the center of Taos. Visitors are welcomed by appointment. Contact information below. Some work is available for sale. Purchases may be arranged through email, telephone or at Tom Rogers’ Taos studio.
PO BOX 941
EL PRADO NM 87529
575 758 2109