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Tom McGlynn

Born in: 1958

United States

Biography
Tom McGlynn is an American writer, independent curator and abstract artist whose creations explore patterns and forms, with the help of monochrome and contrasting colors. He is also the founding director of Beautiful Fields, an organization devoted to socially committed conservation projects. He lives and works around New York. The artist studied at Ramapo College in New Jersey, and obtained a bachelor's degree in 1979. In 1996, he obtained his master's degree in painting at Hunter College. McGlynn teaches at Parsons New School for Design in New York nowadays. He draws inspiration from minimalist and post-minimalist traditions and through the work of geometric abstraction artists like Frank Stella. McGlynn treats Kasimir Malevich, Ellsworth Kelly, Mary Heilmann, Barnett Newman and Peter Halley as his artistic influences. McGlynn is also fascinated by phenomenology, studying structures of human consciousness which is unveiled via experiments. By turning contemporary common forms into abstract, putting them back in order, to trigger an emotional response, he is devoted to what he describes as "a kind of contemporary realism." McGlynn considers the entire visual landscape of culture, including medias, architecture, advertising and various other elements of the urban backdrop as the "accumulated sediment of the broadcasted conscience". He treats this "sediment" as his raw material and turns it into abstract. McGlynn paints his work with a lot of energy, by slowly applying acrylic layers on wooden panels, canvases or paper. The artist, writer and conservator Brendan Carroll, co-founder of Agitators Collective commented his work "At first glance, the compositions seem orderly and balanced. But when one gets a closer look, the rectangular strips aren't symmetrical, but interspersed and unequal. They refute uniformity...His visual language is the outcome of an indifferent observation of the world which surrounds him...McGlynn's work leans....on the immediate effect of observing things....". His work is part of several permanent institutional collections, these include Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Whitney Museum and MoMA in New York.McGlynn exhibited a lot and also participated in various installations and group projects in USA. His work appeared on Artforum's cover in October 1991 and his exhibitions were commented in the New York Times.
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Tom McGlynn, Decal (blue over orange bar on white), Painting

Tom McGlynn

Decal (blue over orange bar on white), 2013
24 x 30 inch
Painting

$4,112

Tom McGlynn, Test Pattern 5, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Test Pattern 5, 2002
18 x 24 inch
Painting

$3,426

Tom McGlynn, Small test pattern 4, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Small test pattern 4, 2002
16.1 x 20.1 inch
Painting

$3,426

Tom McGlynn, Small Test Pattern 2, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Small Test Pattern 2, 2003
16.1 x 20.1 inch
Painting

$3,426

Tom McGlynn, Small Grey Test Pattern 2, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Small Grey Test Pattern 2, 2004
14.2 x 18.1 inch
Painting

$2,741

Tom McGlynn, Decal (two orange bars over black), Painting

Tom McGlynn

Decal (two orange bars over black), 2015
18 x 24 inch
Painting

$3,426

Tom McGlynn, Large Test Pattern 3, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Large Test Pattern 3, 2002
18 x 24 inch
Painting

$3,426

Tom McGlynn, Large test pattern 7, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Large test pattern 7, 2002
18.8 x 24 inch
Painting

$3,426

Tom McGlynn, Grey Test Pattern 1, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Grey Test Pattern 1, 2004
18 x 24 inch
Painting

$3,426

Tom McGlynn, Acoma 1, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Acoma 1, 2012
24 x 30 inch
Painting

$4,112

Tom McGlynn, Decal 20 (horizontal blue bars on orange), Painting

Tom McGlynn

Decal 20 (horizontal blue bars on orange), 2013
36.2 x 36.2 inch
Painting

$4,112

Tom McGlynn, Survey 90 (red diagonal yellow on blue field), Painting

Tom McGlynn

Survey 90 (red diagonal yellow on blue field), 2014
24 x 30.3 inch
Painting

$3,837

Tom McGlynn, Decal (two yellow bars over red on blue), Painting

Tom McGlynn

Decal (two yellow bars over red on blue), 2014
24 x 29.9 inch
Painting

$4,112

Tom McGlynn, Small Survey 88, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Small Survey 88, 2015
24 x 30.3 inch
Painting

$3,837

Tom McGlynn, Small Survey 80, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Small Survey 80, 2015
24 x 30 inch
Painting

$4,112

Tom McGlynn, Survey 14, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Survey 14, 2012
30.3 x 40.2 inch
Painting

$5,482

Tom McGlynn, Large Decal 99, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Large Decal 99, 2015
36 x 48 inch
Painting

$7,538

Tom McGlynn, Large Decal (Mana Vertical), Painting

Tom McGlynn

Large Decal (Mana Vertical), 2015
48 x 36.2 inch
Painting

$7,538

Tom McGlynn, Decal 22, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Decal 22, 2015
36 x 48 inch
Painting

$7,538

Tom McGlynn, Station, Painting

Tom McGlynn

Station, 2012
48 x 36.2 inch
Painting

$7,538

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