Tom McGlynn

Born in 1958 - United States


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, 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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