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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Tony Wood



Written by Nicole Gaudier

A statement from Tony Wood:

“My paintings always seem to gravitate towards people and a search for an emotional quality or connection. I typically work in a more naturalistic style but felt the dichotomy of thinly veiled figures holding thick dripping bouquets most illustrated my feelings when I first saw the image from the 8mm film still. Yes, I felt an immediate nostalgia and memories from my own youth but mostly I felt this idea of a fleeting moment frozen in time, ghost-like, grainy and vague. I painted these women thin and monochromatic to reinforce this feeling but I wanted the bouquets to jut out into our space, past to present, reaching across time and space and breaking through the surface of the memory plane. You can reach out and touch the past as it reaches back to touch you.”

Tony Wood, Bridesmaids and Bouquets, 2013, from the film still Brooklyn, Oil and mixed media on canvas.

Tony Wood, Bridesmaids and Bouquets, 2013, from the film still Brooklyn, Oil and mixed media on canvas.

Tony Wood’s work Bridesmaids and Bouquets, will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists form the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays (the first of each month), and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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