Light and reflection draw me to the flame of art. I have painted for almost fifty years and the joy of color and applying it with a brush never cease to give me pleasure. I paint and time disappears into the painting. I am always looking for a way to elevate the everyday into something that inspires a new understanding of our lives. Often, I work in series on a theme, looking for different relationships between objects. Representation is the jumping off point for an experience of unexpected revelation, when the painting becomes alive and the dialog between me and the work is one of give and take, where one mark determines the next. The work is most rewarding when the painting actually has a mind of its own and things get out of control and seemingly lost, when finally there is a reclamation of the surface and the true dialog begins. It is the surprising things that happen that keep me going.

I also like to compare painting to the experience of music-making. It is a performance of sorts that builds as time passes, as the surface acquires a history of paint. There is the beginning, the middle and the end. All is influenced by what has happened before. Portraits provide a vivid example of how the subtlest mark can change the impression of the sitters character. When painting objects, I like to animate them so they have their own character and are lively in the composition. Landscapes are in two dimensions where I can enter from above and run around in the imaginary third dimension. Light sets the mood and reflections reverberate in the mind.

 

Thomas Colbert

 

Resume  Thomas Colbert  (b. 1951) 

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2019   Open Studio, Wayne County Arts Alliance Tour, Hawley, PA

    Dime Bank, Hawley, PA

2014   Open Studio, Wayne County Arts Alliance Tour, Hawley, PA

       2012   Open Studio, Wayne County Arts Alliance Tour, Hawley, PA

2010   Cocoon, Hawley, PA

2009  Open Studio, Wayne County Arts Alliance Tour, Hawley, PA

2002  Brooklyn Brewery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

2000  Open Studio, Yaddo Artists’ Open Studios, Yaddo Centennial Arts Festival, NYC

1998   The Looking Glass Gallery, Hawley, PA

1997   Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

1995   Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

1994   Lucky Street Gallery,  Angels & Others, Key West, FL

1992   Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

1991    Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

1990   St. Peter's Church, New York, NY

1986   Anakota Arts, Rapid City, SD

           Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL,  Key West Gouaches          

1983  Gallery 72, Omaha, NE

           Maples Gallery, Fairleigh Dickenson University, Teaneck, NJ

           Blanden Memorial Art Gallery, Fort Dodge, IA  

1982  Westmar College, Le Mars, IA    Personal / Spaces

           Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA,    Open Line

           University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

1981   Witter Gallery, Storm Lake, IA

 

Two Person Exhibitions


2019  The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, PA

2014  The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, PA

 

Group Exhibitions

2013   Hanson Gallery and Decorium, Honesdale, PA

          The Looking Glass Gallery, Hawley, PA

2012   Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

           PA Artisan Exhibit, Schulman Gallery, Luzerne Community College, Nanticoke,PA

           SPCA Show, Schulman Gallery, Luzerne Community College, Nanticoke, PA

           Hanson Gallery and Decorium,  Honesdale, PA   

2011    Lucky Street Gallery, Key West,  FL

           Hanson Gallery and Decorium, Honesdale, Pa,  The Art of Sports and Games,

2010   Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

           Hanson Gallery and Decorium, Honesdale, Pa,  Autumn Marvels

           Hanson Gallery and Decorium, Honesdale, PA,  Something Fishy

           Hanson Gallery and Decorium, Honesdale, PA,  Roots and Rhythm

2009  Grand Opening of the Hanson Gallery and Decorium, Honesdale, PA

2004  World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition, Virtual Exhibition: wtcsitememorial.org

           Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

2003  River Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY

2001  The Looking Glass Gallery, Hawley, PA

2000  Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Williamsburg, NY

1996   Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA

1993   Gallery 72, Omaha, NE                                                                                                          

1992   Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York, NY  A Day Without Art

1990   Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

1989   Helio Galleries, New York, NY,  Showcase Exhibition

           Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

           Ruschman Art Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

1988   Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

1987   Ruschman Art Gallery. Indianapolis, IN

           Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

           VCCA  Art Tour, 10 Colleges in VA

1986   East Martello Towers Invitational, Key West, FL

1985   Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL,   New Work, New Artists

           First Invitational, Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine, IA

1984   17th Annual Jury Show, Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine, IA

1982   Gallery 72, Omaha, NE

1980   University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA

 

Honors

 1984  Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Artist in Residence

           Juror's Choice Award, 17th Annual Jury Show, Muscatine Art Center

1983   Juror's Choice Award, 16th Annual Jury Show, Muscatine Art Center

           Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Artist in Residence

1982   Yaddo Fellow

 

Education

1979  M.F.A.  University of Iowa

1978  M.A.     University of Iowa

1973  B.S.      University of Iowa