Artists » Tom Flanagan

Tom Flanagan’s paintings have been called, “jumpy, pointy, sly and deceitfully clever complex hard-edge abstractions that go deep into modernist logic.”

“I’ve always been interested in abstraction because it allows me to build a kind of logical mess that is unique to my sensibilities and experiences. It’s the organization of the ‘mess’ that fascinates me. It’s a kind of nod to what’s outside the studio and my reaction to it.”

With an emphasis on geometric and organic shapes combined with lines mixed with saturated colors, middle tones and greys his work has been described as the physical representation of sound and movement.

The famous American Jazz Composer and Musician, Dizzy Gillespie, once said that he wasn’t interested in music – he was interested in sounds. Similarly, I’m interested in how sensations and sensibilities guide visual experience. My paintings are about how those things fit together and what happens with that moment.

For me, the process of painting through improvisation is incredibly important. Not knowing where the painting will take me and accepting the concept of mystery is paramount.

I’ve always been fascinated by artists who build their own language with a few colors, blank canvas and time. I tend to see such works as presenting something of a personal narrative of experience. My titles are meant as a way in and offer a kind of narrative tone that touches on sensation and memory. As a result, my work is more about listening than speaking.

Ultimately, I make pictures I want to see.


1991 MFA Painting, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

1988 BA Studio Art, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2018 Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial, Rockland, ME

2018 Frank Brockman Gallery, Brunswick, ME

2017 Yarmouth Historical Center, Yarmouth, ME

2017 Greenhut Gallery, Abstraction Invitational, Portland, ME

2016 Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth, ME

2016 Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland ME

2015 Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME

2014 Critics Choice, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, ME

2013 George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME

2012 Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2011 Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta GA

2010 Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2009 Gibson Studio Gallery, Art Basil, Miami, FL

1996 The Gertrude Thomas Chapman Art Center, Cazenovia, NY, Solo Exhibit

1996 Kroma Gallery, Salem, Mass, Solo Exhibit

1995 University of South Maine Gallery, Portland, ME, Solo Exhibit

1995 Powers Music School Gallery, Belmont, Mass, Solo Exhibit

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