Brief Artist’s Statement
I generally work in two different but related genera: one is Venetian inspired and the other is LA Urban, both reflect the two poles of my life’s experience. I lived for 24 years in Italy near Venice and now live and work in Los Angeles.
My Venetian work is about Art and Art history and how we see Art through the perceptual and cultural filters of representation and presentation, that is the painting and the museum.
The LA Urban work is related to that as an extension of the idea of the filter from photography, through Photoshop to the ephemeral multiplicity of drive-by-culture imagery.
I studied at UCSD at a time when painting and drawing, in the traditional sense, were not even offered in the Visual Arts curriculum. So my artistic foundation is built on Conceptual Art and semiology. Later I went to the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice (the Most Serene Republic) where I learned to paint and found a strong nexus between craft and concept.
I currently teach Classical Oil Painting in the Style of the Venetian Masters at UCLA Extension and the Kline Academy.
My painting style started out as photo-realistic, but with time I learned the craft of the masters so that now I am able to create a unified mechanism between technique and content, painting about painting.
My artistic research however is not limited to the above. I strive to learn everything I can to about every aspect of figurative painting that has brought me explore live figure painting, plein air, still life and portraiture.
Bio and Background
Born in Boston. Raised in San Diego. Studied at UCSD. Went as an exchange student to study in Venice and lived and worked in Italy for 24 years. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Professional painter, graphic designer, and instructor at UCLA Extension: Classical Oil Painting in the Style of the Venetian Masters.
University of California, San Diego, Visual Arts.
Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy, Painting.
California State Scholarship for study in exchange program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice.
Painter and sculptor.
Member of Italian art group. “Arte Ludica. Tata”. 1980-83.
Marble sculpture, casting, screen printing. Portraiture.
Mural work in Paris, 1991.
Industrial and graphic designer in Italy since 1979 and Los Angeles since 2000.
Worked primarily in fashion for Replay in Italy and as Director of Graphic Design at Lucky Brand, and also designs for Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Billy Joel and others. Currently freelancing. tomgarner.foliohd.com
Internationally published illustrator.
Experimental and commercial film animation.
FINE ART EXHIBITIONS
1976 Mithras Book Store. La Jolla. Painting and sculpture.
1977 U.C.S.D. Student Gallery. La Jolla. Drawings and paintings.
1980 Casino Municipale. Venezia. Collective research project exhibition.
1982 Galleria Tot. Padova. Tata group show.
1983 Galleria Tot. Padova. Tata group show.
1985 Kunsthaller. Schwabish Gmund. Germany. International Jewelry exhibition.
1985 Galleria I.C.F., Bologna. Tata Group show.
1986 Sala Dei Giganti. Padova. “Rassegna Nazionale di Poesia”, Personal Show, Paintings.
1987 new paintings at the “Terra ai Confini” show in Montagnana, Italy.
1987 Galleria Intimo, Padova, Paintings and illustrations.
1991-92 Padova “Biennale del Bronzetto”. Group show.
1993 “Progetto Logos Cornici and Pittori”, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Venice, Bucarest, Capri.
1996 “Painting of Pictures and Picturing Things”, Iperspazio, Milan
2001″Terre e Acqua”, San Donà di Piave, Italy. Group Show
2003 “Recent Paintings” Brewery, Los Angeles
2006 “Omaggio a Tiepolo”, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica.
2007 Recent Paintings, Continental Gallery, Los Angeles.
2007 Higgins Gallery, Los Angeles. Group Show
2007 Bobbie Greenfield Gallery. Group Show
2010 Bert Green Fine Arts
2011 Kim Keiler Gallery, Santa Barbara
2012 Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena. Juried show.
2013 Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena. Juried show.
2014 SOA BOA Gallery, West Hollywood. Group Show
2014 “American Classic”, Prohibition Gallery, Culver City
2014 Marcas gallery, Santa Ana
2015 Artshare, Los Angeles
2015 LampeRouge Gallery, Los Angeles
2015 "Visions LA '15, Bergamot, Los Angeles
2016 "Office Hours", Beta Main Museum, Los Angeles
2016 Bert Esenherz loft shows, Los Angeles
2016 "60 Artists" Makeshift Museum. Los Angeles
2017 Fabric Magazine guest artist, Beverly Hills
Included in: research and exhibition catalogue. L’Utilita’ Scolpita Ovvero la Forcola Veneziana. (Venezia, 1980): Tata. Arte Ludica catalogues 1-5, (PADOVA. 1982-5): Rassegna Nazionale di Poesia catalogue, (Padova. 1986): Art review on Italian television, Nov. 1986. Annuals: Illustratori Italiani 2; Omnibook 3. Illustrations regularly published nationally and internationally. Commercial animation for Italian broadcast. Painting monograph with introduction by Manlio Brusatin, Paintings of Pictures, 1996. Hardcover monograph of fashion graphic design work, Casual Design by Thomas Garner, published 2000. Websites: www.tomgarner.com and tom.garner.foliohd.com