In the Process: A Conversation with Artist Thomas G. Brady
Saturday November 3rd 5-7pm
BV Farmer Sketch and Painting
Join us for an informal conversation with the artist Thomas Brady as we delve into his extensive artistic process. Beginning with an oil pastel drawing from life in his sketch book he then creates dozens of pencil sketches which ultimately culminate in the performance of the final painting. Brady has been painting for over thirty years and his process has more or less remained the same. His paintings at first glance may seem completely erratic and expressive, although they are to a degree, they are also simultaneously carefully rehearsed compositions.
Hear from the artist himself why he chooses his subject matter and what drives him to produce his art. Also hear from collectors that own Brady’s work and praise it for its originality and undeniable energy!
This is a discussion not to be missed!
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Thomas G. Brady: Selected Works
“Art always makes a political statement. Half of art is what you choose to paint, the other half how you paint it. I choose to paint workers, people on the streets, landscapes inhabited by family farmers invisible to the corporate life. I grew up the only son of a truck driver when unions equaled freedom and workers were crusaders in the cause.
On a chilly morning, I stand off to the side, pastels and sketchbook in hand; people are huddled, waiting and watching; cabbies sip coffee; black suits rush by. The bus pulls up; the old guy stands, cane leading; he moves in line to board. The bus, the line, the man and the cane create the moment, and my frantic drawing begins.
In the studio with fifty colors and just as many brushes, music blaring, I attack the painting. All at once, creation in a moment, cover all the canvas, mark against mark, movement and counter movement, yellow always yellow, gobs of white, cans of turpentine, piles of rags. Paint over paint, colors upon colors making new colors, sensuous and gestural. What are the essentials, what is real, what is important, what is true?
Two processes are intricately related, the initial inspiration of the street pastel and the physical transformation of the image into paint. These are seemingly simple processes as long as you are willing to throw out forty of the fifty initial pastels and from the few that really are inspirational, make fifty new preparatory drawings. Then you paint for thirty years, hope and pray; and with a little luck, the culmination of the processes has magically taken on a life of its own.”
– Tom Brady
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bv farmer ii, Oil on board, 40×30″ 2005
Education, Honors & Collections
1982 Master of Fine Arts: Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1974 New York Studio School, New York, NY
1973 BA with field study: Amherst College, Amherst, MA
1972 Heatherly School of Art, London England
2000 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant
1995-1996 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: Painting Fellowship
1995&1997 Pew Fellowship in the Arts; Discipline Winner
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
2006 07 Eleanor D Wilson Museum Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
1998 Delaware Biennial, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
1996 Allentown Art Museum, Allentown PA
1993 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
1979 Amherst College, Mead Art Museum, Amherst MA
Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA
Widener Univ. School of Law Morgan Stanley. Inc.
Blue Cross Primavera Systems
Miller, Anderson and Sherrerd The Hillier Group
Flapdoodles Inc. The Lenfest Foundation
Bell Atlantic Astra Zeneca
Smith Kline Carmine Winters Inc.
First USA Bank Core States Bank
Telecommunication Inc. Saul, Ewing, and Remick
Washington and Lee University Keane Tracers Inc.
Sterling Winthrop ICI Polyurethane
PBCO Drinker Biddle and Reath
Burton Wasserman, “Art Matters” 1994-1998
William Southwell, “Art Matters” 1991
Edward Sozanski “Providence Journal” 1979