MUNSTER | Abstraction…A Second Look is on display in the Atrium Gallery at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana now through Dec. 1. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public. Public viewing hours for this exhibit are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Can an artist win auto races and still paint winning paintings? Do artists have lives unrelated to their art? The French impressionist painter Callibotte was a sailor. The writer Joseph Conrad was an expert sailor as well as a sea captain. The Renaissance painter Rubens was a successful diplomat.
Tom Brand has done more than just paint. He has competed in road races. The last car he raced was a Formula 1 Cooper. He has also sailed for years. He restored a classic wooden sailboat that had been out of the water for 20 years. To support himself and his family, he was a journeyman printer and at one time owned his own printing company.
The surface glow and luster of his paintings is achieved through the use of under painting and glazes, a studio technique developed during the Renaissance that is rarely found in modern abstract work. This technique combined with his thoughtful sense of form, color and composition sets his work apart and will bring the viewer back again and again.
Tom Brand moved to Northern Indiana in 1996 and became very active at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana. He has been on the Board of Directors serving as secretary and also served as the chairperson of the Collections Committee. Mr. Brand exhibits often and has won many awards for his paintings.
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