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Noma by Thomas Legaspi, Oil on Canvas 16x20
Solo Exhibition
September 5 - 16, 2017
Opening Reception 
Thursday, September 7, 6:00-9:00pm
Meet Thomas @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
This body of work is a collection of emotive narrative paintings spanning a wide range of introspective emotional states, where some stories are literal prose and some are expressed in a simple gestural poetic stance. Each painting tells a story. Each story is a piece of the artist’s psyche. Each image is synthesis of the model’s energy and the artist’s interpretation, direction and translation. Each painting contains pieces of the artist and pieces of the sitter. Ultimately, the works are from the deep recesses of the artists with the sitter being an integral part to help expose, explore and express the narrative. An image of a woman looking distraught on a staircase in the painting entitled “Flight of Broken Dreams” is taken from the artist’s own strife of rejection and failure and yes ‘Broken Dreams’. The model stands as a metaphor for the artist to connect himself to an audience. These figural paintings all present some measure of emotional cathartic imagery. Hopefully there is a connection and a conversation as I share a piece of me. - Thomas Legaspi
Thomas Legaspi is a New York based contemporary visual artist. His artworks are grounded in a classical foundation with a mix of modern sensibilities, conceptual emotive narratives, and aesthetics. Largely centering on the figure as his main metaphor, he strives to integrate elements of paint physicality and vibrant color applications while focusing on emotional cathartic imagery. His themes range from social issues, duality, dilemmas, inequality, and identity. Being a lifelong New Yorker has been an invaluable experience for the artist. His exposure to the rigors of urban life, the extremes of wealth and poverty, social injustice, stratification, and incredible cultural dynamics has had a profound effect on his artistic vision. Studying at the New York Academy of Art (MFA2001) established the foundation for his technical aesthetics and craftsmanship. This experience fostered and broadened his understanding of the possibilities existing within the picture plane. Great works of art from antiquity as well as masterpieces from history’s morst compelling artists such as Vermeer, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Sargent and Raphael quickly influenced his aesthetic sensibilities. Additionally, contemporary artists such as Steven Assael, Vincent Desiderio, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, and Jeremy Lipking have had a strong effect on his work. These artists have helped shape his technical skills as well as in the development of more conceptual pieces. Since 1995 Mr. Legaspi has worked as an art educator. He has been a Professor of Art with St. John’s University, Queens, New York, with City College of Technology, Brooklyn, New York. He has taught art at community based centers, a high school, and a senior center teaching painting and drawing to a variety of diverse groups. The award-winning artist has been working though private commissions and shows as well as actively exhibiting artwork for the last 15 years both nationally and internationally. Mr. Legaspi had been showing with the Karen Lynne Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida, and more recently with the Dacia Gallery in New York City.
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