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if ART Gallery presents TOM STANLEY, Drawing In Paint, 1992 – 2017

March 24 – April 22, 2017

Artist’s Reception: FRIDAY, March 24, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Gallery Talk: Saturday, April 8, 2:00 p.m.


Gallery Hours:

Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. & by appointment

For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART:

(803) 238-2351 – wroefs@sc.rr.com


Highlighting one of South Carolina’s most prominent artists of the past 25 years, if ART Gallery presents a 25-year overview of work by Tom Stanley in Tom Stanley: Drawing In Paint, 1992 – 2016. The exhibition will open Friday, March 24, 2017, with a reception, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., and run through April 22. Stanley will present a gallery talk on Saturday, April 8, 2:00 p.m. The exhibition will be on view during Artista Vista, April 20 – 22.

Drawing in Paint will show examples of the wide variety of highly organized but lively, graphically strong work by Stanley, who will retire this year as the chair of the art department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. In much of Stanley’s energetic work, the human presence is in his hard-edge or shaky shapes and objects rather than through the actual presence of human forms. The latter were prominent in his earlier work as well as in his more recent Big Lots series, but they are absent in many of his paintings, which often rely on mechanical drawing. Stanley’s habitual recycling of imagery has given his rather wide-ranging body of work of the past 25 years considerable consistency, making the paintings easily identifiable.

“There is no clear linear visual progression in my work,” Stanley says, “but I do think there is an ongoing growth because I continue to use images from wherever, and they keep on appearing. Houses, ships and boats, words. I work in series, to such an extent that a series is a body of work and actually one work because I work on them simultaneously. One thing I enjoy is that it can always be something that I have never done before. I have respect for artists who are growing and maturing slowly but I am interested in discovering something new every time I go to work.”

“There are certain ideas and techniques that hold some of the work together, and one of them is how I apply mechanical drawing to the work – how I enjoy defined edges and silhouettes against much more active backgrounds so that there is that give and take and push and shove in the paintings. And then there is the elements of sgraffito, in some works more prominent than elsewhere.”

Stanley (b. 1950) is among South Carolina premier artists, art teachers, curators and administrators. He was included in the 2004 S.C. Triennial at the S.C. State Museum; Triennial Revisited and the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C.; and the S.C. State Museum’s 2012’s Abstract Art in South Carolina, 1949–2012. He has exhibited throughout the Southeastern Unites States and elsewhere in the country and in Berlin, Germany; Lausanne, Switzerland; and Paris, France. Stanley has created several public art projects in South and North Carolina.


Feature Image: Tom Stanley, Red, White and Black #4, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 68 in.

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