Tom Neely born 1975 in Paris, Texas.
BFA Painting, 1997, University of Tulsa.
MFA Painting, 2000, San Francisco Art Institute.
Together, Neely's three new painting series, "Werewolf," "Fugue" and "Self-Indulgence," depict the latest evolution of the unnamed "everyman" who has been a recurring character in Neely's paintings for the past three years.
In three separate narratives, this man physically transforms from a meek figure into a powerful beast, indulges his newly awakened appetite for earthly temptations and finally confronts himself – literally and figuratively – as he struggles to reconcile his human and animal instincts.
The paintings tell the story not only of a character but also of an artist evolving, pushing himself into new territory while at the same time questioning the self-serving nature of expression and whether his work can help illuminate the human condition or, ultimately, reflects only the experience of the artist himself.
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