Crutison | CS Tomlin | Ann Shannon
The Tulsa Artists’ Coalition is pleased to present the group exhibit “South Pittsburg Studios New Work” featuring the abstract painters C.S. Tomlin, Ann Shannon and Kieran Crutison, February 3 through February 25, 2017. The public will have the opportunity to meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday February 3, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm. This exhibit remains up through Saturday, February 25. The TAC Gallery is located at 9 East M. B. Brady, Tulsa. This event is free and open to the public and is part of the Brady Arts District’s First Friday Art Crawl.
Steve Tomlin explains the concept behind this group show, “I believe people who create, feel a social obligation to do so. The world’s cultures, both thriving and extinct, are measured first and foremost by its successful developments in art. Artists today have that calling to attain a higher level. There is a collective consciousness that is realized by artists all over the world. I enjoy the comfort of belonging to the creative segment of society. The only competition in the art world is between what I created yesterday and what I create today.” Besides this sense of cooperative venture, these three artists share the artistic style of abstractionism. Below are their artist statements.
C.S. Tomlin’s Artist Statement:
Every day, my goal is to disappear in the studio; to become an extension of the brush handle….an equal participant within the creative process. It happens.
I believe people who create, feel a social obligation to do so. The world’s cultures, both thriving and extinct, are measured first and foremost by its successful developments in art. Artists today have that calling to attain a higher level. There is a collective consciousness that is realized by artists all over the world. I enjoy the comfort of belonging to the creative segment of society. The only competition in the art world is between what I created yesterday and what I create today.
I have worked all my life to develop my non-objective abstract work. I am proud what I have done and have hopes for the future. When an artist does not have subject matter, his ability to construct the elements and principles of visual art is pure and unsupported by references.
I prefer to not use frames. This was instilled by one comment from one of my best mentors, Bert Keeney. “Anything looks good with a frame; let your work stand on its own.”
Ann Shannon’s Artist Statement:
After experiencing many media, I have chosen acrylics on canvas to be my vehicle for expressing myself. I believe so strongly that creating art is a natural behavior for all of us; it just needs to be found individually. Nobody knows the tremendous and gratifying satisfaction of resolving a canvas without subject matter with only the elements and principles of art. Kandinsky and Pollock are two of my favorite established artists. My work is non-objective abstract (abstract expressionism) with strong contrasts of both color and shapes with a loving addition of texture.
Kieran Crutison’s Artist Statement:
I’m a champion for self-expression. I paint without subject matter. When images appear, I treat them with love and professionalism. However, they may loose their identity within the strong layers of tissue and acrylics that I call my own. I began in visual art offering abstract landscapes, but as my work matured, I became one with texture and the beautiful jewel tones that appear in my acrylics. I do not like labels and don’t enjoy narrowing the description of the style of my work, My desire to take risks on the canvas will prove I am growing and maturing with my work.
Biographies of the Artists:
Steve Tomlin has created art and instructed budding artists over 35 years in Tulsa. A graduate of Kansas State College and Pittsburg State University, he holds an MS in Art Education. It is fair to say Tomlin works in mixed media; however, He excels manipulating contemporary acrylics on bold expressionistic canvases. This century has found him successfully dealing with the basic elements and principles of art. He says, “Without subject matter, the artist must depend on his heart and soul to orchestrate the beauty of art into the flat surface”.
He has been awarded in both the areas of art education and painting. He was the 1999 Tulsa Mayfest poster artist, featured artist at Philbrook’s Festival of Trees 2000 and was the spotlight artist for Gilcrease International Miniature Show in 2007. He has had 23 one man shows in and out of the state of Oklahoma. His studio was featured on the OVAC Studio Tour in 2003 and 2013.He was a board member of Oklahoma Visual Artists’ Coalition. Steve has been a board member with Tulsa Artists’ Coalition for 15 years to the present. Tomlin has been shown in many galleries over the years and now enjoys the representation of M. A. Doran Gallery and Gallery One Paseo. He is presently teaching drawing and painting at Denver House in Tulsa; a facility for the homeless. A program through Living. Arts of Tulsa, he is a contributing member of the education committee Steve is busy with private students. He maintains an inventory at South Pittsburg Studios and Gallery in Tulsa and enjoys visitors interested in seeing his work. Contact him at 918-232-6265.
Ann Shannon’s life career is nursing associated with a psychiatric hospital. Creating art has become her personal outlet for the last decade. “Having time at this time of my life is a blessing for me”, Shannon says. She works tirelessly from her home studio and spends time learning from other artists in workshops and co-ops. Living in a beautiful rural area, Ann nourishes herself with nature and enjoys many pets including the koi pond. She shows in group shows in Oklahoma and is represented at 50 Penn Gallery in OKC. Ann says, “It’s all just a beautiful journey.”
Kieran Crutison, a Tulsa artist, has been creating art in different media for over six years. Public school visual art and teach design has given him a background of confidence in self-expression and a love for crating. The maturity in his recent work takes him to a high level of resolve in all of his finished art.