Tom Francis

Wisconsin born artist Tom Francis is a Professor of Painting at SCAD-Atlanta. He received his B.S., M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Painting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Francis’ paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; The High Museum of Art in Atlanta; MOCA-GA in Atlanta; Montgomery Museum of Fine Art in Alabama; the Georgia Museum of Fine Art in Athens; the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina; the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi; Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta; Sylvia Schmidt Gallery in New Orleans; KLIM Galleries in Toronto, Canada; and the Chapelle de la Sorbonne in Paris; Refectoire des Jacobins in Toulouse, France; and Palazzo Venezia in Rome; Westmont Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA. In addition, his work is in numerous private, public and corporate collections, including those of the Chase Manhattan Bank, Champion Corporation, Savannah College of Art and Design, Lorimar Productions, Disney Corporation, Coca Cola USA; the State of Georgia, and the State of Wisconsin. Interior spaces, landscape and the lyrical intertwining of flora and fauna provide the framework for the largest paintings. The canvases are physical, vividly colored, intensely patterned and lavishly painted with layer upon layer of heavily bodied pigment. It is the celebration of paint that fuels the imagery. The palette is one of color as light. Large scale and formatting allows the viewer to be a participant in the paintings, and become a presence within the landscape. At first glance, the repetitive forms may be obscured by the complexity of the pattern, but upon close inspection images become clear and their meanings revealed. The works on paper provide a more intimate experience for the viewer, and the imagery becomes more iconic. The paintings are vibrant, humorous and celebratory in nature.

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