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  Tom Leaver
 February 15 - March 18, 2018
 

The imagery in Tom Leaverís paintings is entirely imaginary. The paintings are recognizable as landscapes, but they do not depict any specific place the artist has seen nor are they based on photographs of any topography or locale. Instead, the artist chooses landscape imagery as a vehicle to express emotional, psychological and spiritual states of mind.
 
Leaver creates his paintings using his gloved hands, applying the oil paint in sweeps of his palm or the side of his hand, or in fingertip daubs. The only brush he uses is for the application of turpentine, and a rag is employed to pull the solvent through the paint or wipe it away. Overall, there is sfumato-like softness in the paint application, a change from the more defined and energetic mark-making of his previous body of work. There has also been a subtle and intuitive shift toward a subdued palette of varying brown and gold tonalities, offset by lighter passages in the sky above or bodies of water below. The gentle and atmospheric space Leaver produces in these new paintings is deep, mysterious, and seemingly endless.
 
Leaver cites as influences Chinese landscape painting, which is suggestive rather than literal, and Japanese enso painting, comprised of lone circular forms, often with no defined starting point. He notes that his own paintings always indicate a passage, also without a clear beginning or ending. Turnerís later works, with their unresolved quality (but not their strong color) are also influential. However, Leaverís spiritual practice informs his work most fully, in the way the paintings are an expression of being present-minded in the action of creation. He notes, ďI was never taught linear perspective, color theory, form and shadow, or even how to mix paints. My teacher would say, just paint. When I began practicing yoga I was told to just practice, all was coming. I started sitting zazen several years ago and my instruction was to just sit and watch my breath. The three practices have become one daily ritual, feeding into and off of each other. This latest body of work is a continuation of this idea, each painting feeding into and off the other.Ē
 
 
Mouth of Babes, 2017
Oil on canvas
64 x 54 inches

Your History, 2017
Oil on canvas
60 x 50 inches

Still There, 2017
Oil on canvas
60 x 50 inches
 
Many Days, 2017
Oil on canvas
60 x 50 inches

Her Last Poem, 2015
Oil on canvas
42 x 32 inches

Idioms I, 2017
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 inches
 
Idioms III, 2017
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 inches

Idioms II, 2017
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 inches

Days Like Today III, 2017
Oil on panel
18 x 16 inches
 
Days Like Today II, 2017
Oil on panel
18 x 16 inches

Days Like Today I, 2017
Oil on panel
18 1/4 x 16 inches

Days Like Today IV, 2017
Oil on panel
17 3/4 x 16 inches
 
Once Again, 2017
Oil on panel
10 x 8 inches

Once Again II, 2017
Oil on panel
10 x 8 inches

Once Again III, 2017
Oil on panel
10 x 8 inches
 
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