CURRENT EXHIBITION

KEVIN TOLMAN

"Transcendent Abstraction"


October 23 - November 27, 2010

RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST:
Friday, October 22, 6:00–8:00 p.m.




GO TO ARTIST'S GALLERY - KEVIN TOLMAN

Parade - Singing to the Sky
Kevin Tolman
Parade - Singing to the Sky; 2010
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
36" x 56"

"Transcendent Abstraction", a collection of new works by acclaimed painter Kevin Tolman, will be on display October 23–November 27 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Friday, October 22, 6:00–8:00 p.m. The show will feature nearly two dozen acrylic and mixed media paintings that elucidate the artist’s creative journey through a physical-spiritual continuum.

Recalling New Mexico’s Transcendental Painting Group, established in 1938 by Modernist painters Raymond Jonson and Emil Bisttram, Tolman seeks to create art that reaches past (transcends) the physical world to uncover a deeper visual and spiritual experience. He explains:

"I have, for a very long time, had a strong belief in the power of the medium to transmit profound experience and at times even be a direct link to the metaphysical realm…even though many of my paintings may conjure up the spirit of a place, that place for me is only the jumping off point for pieces, that in the end, become a place unto themselves. A place that can help to liberate me from my everyday occupations."

Looking Up/Downstream
Kevin Tolman
Looking Up/Downstream; 2010
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
72" x 54"

Tolman’s work is driven largely by process—both physical and spiritual—and it is this journey that becomes the narrative of each painting. Non-linear and highly organic, every story reveals a complex conversation among the elements. Individual lines, marks, drips, shapes, and colors do not simply exist alongside one another, but fuse together as a single pulsating force.

Tolman’s quest for artistic transcendence comes to fruition in Parade–Singing to the Sky—a vast expanse of indeterminate space, primordial in its abstraction and thick with subtle layers of experience and thought. Freeform elements at once emerge from and retreat into the pigment as they carry out an ongoing discourse—eternal, alive, and suspended in time. This dialogue is most clearly noted in the paint drips, which signify movement and spontaneity, as well as the artist’s ability to relinquish absolute control of his medium. Focused on attaining pure abstraction, Tolman has distilled each mark down to its most elemental state to produce a truly non-referential, universal encounter. They are newly born and untainted, as if just realized by the artist while he seeks to free himself from worldly constraints.

Juggling Act
Kevin Tolman
Juggling Act; 2008
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
54" x 72"

The artist remarks: “I am sometimes lucky enough to be so in the present that my subconscious mind seems to be accessed more freely, allowing these marks and images to be both created and discovered in a way that seems surprisingly magical to me.” In this vein, Tolman manages to marry physical creativity with spiritual awareness. The resulting artwork then has the potential to provide the viewer with a stimulating visual experience and soulful escapade as well.

Aquae Sulis III
Kevin Tolman
Aquae Sulis III; 2007
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
24" x 24"

ABOUT THE ARTIST
A native of Detroit, Michigan, who now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kevin Tolman has been painting professionally for nearly four decades. He has exhibited work in galleries, museums, and universities across the United States, including those in Fort Worth, Dallas, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and New York. He has shown internationally as well, in Canada, Mexico, Portugal, and most recently, in England’s Art London exhibition.

Tolman’s artwork has been featured in many publications, including Art in America, The Magazine, SouthwestArt, the Dallas Morning News, and the Albuquerque Journal, among others. His work is included in various private and public collections, among them the Albuquerque Museum of Art, the New Mexico State Capitol, Neiman Marcus, Hyatt Hotels, Bank One, Mutual of America, Union Pacific, and the Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kevin Tolman is a graduate of the Art School of the Society of Arts & Crafts in Detroit. He has been represented by William Campbell Contemporary Art since 1978.


ABOUT THE GALLERY

Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art.

GALLERY HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
and by appointment

Please contact Pam or Bill Campbell at wcca@flash.net or at 817-737-9566 for more information.




Previous Exhibitions

 RICHARD THOMPSON - NEW LANDSCAPES: HORIZONS AND PRAIRIES: September 11, 2010 - October 16, 2010

 GALLERY ARTISTS - SIZZLE: June 26 - September 4, 2010

 CECIL TOUCHON - THE NEW BEAUTIFUL: March 27, 2010 - April 24, 2010

 RANDALL REID - IN TIMES PAST: January 30, 2010 - March 13, 2010

 BILLY HASSELL - TANGLE: December 4, 2009 - January 23, 2010

 SCOTTIE PARSONS - PIECES OF SPACE: October 24 -November 28, 2009

 J.T. GRANT - THE SIN EATER & THE ANCHORITE: September 5 - October 17, 2009

 SEVAN MELIKYAN, JEFF MUELLER, and SHAWN WALLIS - Acumen: June 20- August 15, 2009

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD & CLIFF GARTEN - NEW WORKS: May - June, 2009

 OTIS JONES - NEW WORKS: February 14, 2009 - March 21, 2009

 BENITO HUERTA - GRAND ILLUSION: January 10, 2009 - February 7, 2009

 MARK SMITH - IN SEARCH OF MEMORY: December 5, 2008- January 3, 2009

 STEPHEN DALY - Drawings & Sculpture: OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 29, 2008

 ROBERT McAN - Identity Theory: September 6 - October 11, 2008

 GALLERY ARTISTS - Recent Works: June 21 - August 23, 2008

 KEN DIXON - SACRED LANDSCAPES: May 10 - June 14, 2008

 JULIE LAZARUS - ABSTRACTED REFLECTIONS: March 29 - May 3, 2008

 BOB WADE - GUSHERS + MORE: FEB. 16 - MAR. 22, 2008

 TOM HOLLENBACK - ACRYLIC & STEEL: NOV. 30, 2007 - JAN. 6, 2008

 JAKE GILSON - WALL RELIEFS & WORKS ON PAPER: OCT. 19 - NOV. 24, 2007

 JANE HELSLANDER - FIELD PRESENCE: SEPT. 8 - OCT. 13, 2007

 SUMMER MIX - Works from artists represented by the gallery: June 30th - August 4th, 2007

 THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TEXAS - Photographs Celebrate Texas Nature: May 12th - June 23rd, 2007

 JOACHIM KERSTEN - DIGITALIS PURPUREA: March 31 - May 5, 2007

 JANUS-STYLE NEW YEAR'S EXHIBITION - Looking Forward / Looking Back: January 19 - February 28, 2007

 NEW AND EMERGING TEXAS TALENT - Show Offs II: December 1, 2006 - January 13, 2007

 BERND HAUSSMANN - RECOLLECT: October 21 - November 25, 2006

 DALTON MARONEY - CROSSINGS: September 9 - October 14, 2006

 GROUP EXHIBITION - MAN-I-FEST: June 24 - August 5, 2006

 PATRICK KELLY - I Want Eye Candy: May 13 - June 11, 2006

 CAROL BENSON - ATTACHMENTS: April 1 - April 30, 2006

 CECIL TOUCHON - VISUAL POETRY: February 18 - March 26, 2006

 RANDALL REID & STEVE MURPHY - HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: December 2, 2005 – January 14, 2006,

 RICHARD THOMPSON - Mindful Wading: October 22 – November 26, 2005

 JOHN HOLT SMITH - Work by Tarrant County artists: June 25 – August 6, 2005

 JOURNEYS: PUBLIC & PRIVATE - SEQUENCE: THE LIGHT WE REMEMBER TO SEE, FOR BILL: September 10 - October 15, 2005

 KEVIN TOLMAN - PAINTINGS + DRAWINGS: May 14 – June 18, 2005

 SEVAN MELIKYAN - ‘AFTER’ SERIES II: April 2 – May 2, 2005

 A FOCUSED VISION - Group Exhibition: February 11 – March 26, 2005

 SCOTTIE PARSONS - NEW PAINTINGS: December 3, 2004 – January 8, 2005

 J.T. GRANT - BÊTE NOIRE: September 18 – October 23, 2004

 SURFACE - Group Exhibition: June 19 – September 4, 2004

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD - NEW WORK: May 1 - June 5, 2004



William Campbell Contemporary Art
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William Campbell Contemporary Art
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday – Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday
and by appointment
 
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10:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday


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