Unison Arts is proud to present "Thomas Sarrantonio: Field Works", a solo exhibition of paintings, opening October 1st. Join us for an opening reception on Saturday October 1st, 4 PM – 6 PM.
Sarrantonio's paintings are landscapes cloaked in the sensation of time captured in light, the urgency of the examination of life nearby, the dedication to revisit and wander open spaces. Studies of nature and self, oil on panel and prepared paper, they are meditations that connect realms of external perception and internal reflection. Choosing humble, often overlooked subject matter, such as the overgrown grasses at the edge of a field, the artist attempts to translate the dynamic processes of Nature, sunlight and cloud cover passing in their own solitary time, into the stasis of physical matter on a painted surface.
Small works are produced directly from Nature, only a few miles from Unison Arts, as part of Sarrantonio's committed daily plein air painting practice, while large paintings are studio works that turn on memory, experience, imagination and conceptual ideas to negotiate the terrain of contemporary painting.
Together the paintings on view are templates to provoke active participation in seeing the world out there, as well as the muted contemplation of this very moment, right now, of light and color, time unfolding.
About the Artist
Thomas Sarrantonio studied Painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. His teachers included Wil Barnet and Sidney Goodman. Thomas also holds degrees in Biology and English. His paintings have been exhibited widely, and he is the recipient of numerous honors including a Pollock-Krasner Award, a Visiting Artist Residency in Normandy, France, and an Artist Residency Fellowship at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle Ireland. He taught Art and Art History at SUNY New Paltz for over thirty years.Thomas maintains a studio in Rosendale, New York where he lives with his wife and children.