Tom McGlynn

Born in 1958 - United States


Tom McGlynn is an American abstract artist whose work explores patterns and forms using monochromatic, contrasting colors. McGlynn is also an independent curator and a writer, contributing regularly to The Brooklyn Rail. Furthermore, he is the founding director of Beautiful Fields, an organization dedicated to socially- engaged curatorial projects. He lives and works in the NYC area.

Tom McGlynn attended Ramapo College in New Jersey, earning a BFA in printmaking in 1979. In 1996 he earned his MFA in painting from Hunter College. McGlynn is currently teaching at the Parsons New School for Design in New York City.

McGlynn rigorously hand paints his works, slowly applying layers of acrylic to wood panel, canvas or paper. The work may at first appear to be too precise to have been hand-painted, but a closer look reveals brush strokes and subtle tactile shifts left by the artist's hand.

McGlynn's work is informed by minimalist and post-minimalist traditions and the work of hard edge abstractionists like Ellsworth Kelly. The imperfect--although meticulously made--forms created by McGlynn's technique evoke something modern, controlled, familiar, and simultaneously in flux.

McGlynn is interested in phenomenology, the study of the structures of human consciousness as they are revealed through experiences. By abstracting common contemporary forms, reordering them in a way intended to evoke an emotional response, he is engaging in what he describes as "a form of contemporary realism."

McGlynn calls the sum total of the culture's visual landscape, including the media, architecture, advertising, and various elements of the urban backdrop, the "accumulated sediment of mediated consciousness." He works with this "sediment" as a raw material, abstracting it and capturing the resulting imagery, isolating it in time and space.

McGlynn counts Kasimir Malevich, Ellsworth Kelly, Mary Heilman, Barnett Newman, and Peter Halley among his artistic influences.

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Tom McGlynn, Quotidien, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City
Tom McGlynn: Geochromatic Index, dadabasenyc.com
Very Much Like (Pictures of Nothing), paintings and sculptures,
Hamilton Square, Jersey City,
Tom McGlynn, Paintings and Sculpture, Hoffstetter Gallery, Pingry
School, NJ
Path Paintings and Drawings, Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont
Color Fields and Paths, Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont
Wonder (video installation), Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
Test Patterns: Paintings and Drawings, Raritan Valley Community College,
Mural Installation, Art Resources Transfer, NY, NY
New Paintings, Art Resources Transfer, NY, NY


Seltsame Kinder, curated by Hoger Stark, Maniere Noire, Berlin,
Minimax, Bullet Space, NYC
Pangrammar, curated by Prem Krishnamurthy, P! Gallery. NYC
For Machine Use Only, curated by Mohammad Salemy,
Paper Goods, curated by Kara Rooney, Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC
Out of Step, curated by Brendan Carroll, NJCU, NJ
Extrapolations: The Influence of Tony Smith, Pierro Gallery, South Orange,
Mob, Bullet Space, NYC
East of Fresno, The Hatchery Art Spaces, Badger California
Paterson The City as Metaphor, William Paterson University, NJ
Kuf-Mold, Rotterdam, Holland
Kuf-Mold, Jan Colle Gallerie, Ghent, Belgium
Drawing Exhibit, Pingry School Gallery, Martinsville, NJ
This is That, Pace University, NY, NY
Kuf-Mold, Istanbul, Turkey
Lateral Attitudes, Raritan Valley Community College, North Branch,
New Video JC, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
Drift, a Site Specific Installation, Red Hook, NY
The A/V Club, Art and Technology, Victory Hall Cultural Center,
Jersey City, NJ
Color Complexities, JP Morgan Chase and Newport Art, Jersey City,
The Object: Color and Carrier, Kresge Gallery at Ramapo College,
Mahwah, NJ
Conversation, Tom McGlynn and Madeleine Hatz, Art Resources Transfer,
Alumni Redux One, Kresge Gallery at Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ
Skin Tight, The Work Space at Dolgenos Newman and Cronin, NY,
Fashioned, White Box Gallery, NY, NY
Urban Encounters, The New Museum, NY, NY
Counterculture: Alternative Information from The Underground Press to
the Internet, Exit Art, NY, NY


The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY
The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian
Institution, NY, NY
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Getty Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Smith College, Northampton, MA
Staadt Museum, Berlin, Germany
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KA
University of Wisconsin, Kohler Art Library, Madison, WI
Victoria and Albert Museum, London England
Spencer College, Yale University, New Haven, CT

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