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Thomas
Kegler
ARC Associate Living Master™
artist
born 1970


Biographical Information

CONTACT INFO:

Address: PO Box 95
East Aurora, New York 14052
Phone: 716-655-4271
E-mail: thomaskegler@thomaskegler.com
Website: www.thomaskegler.com

Renowned artist, Thomas Kegler, is a self-taught painter, producer, and certified teacher residing in Western New York. He is a Senior Fellow and instructor for the Hudson River Fellowship. Kegler's traditional oil paintings of landscapes, still life, and figures draw from the Masters' approach to the canvas. Revisiting the processes and techniques of the Old Masters in light of classical and contemporary subjects guides his expression of life's subtleties. He is committed to the consistent growth and development of his skills and to the promotion of art education with an emphasis on classical training. He has self-produced an instructional documentary video focused on traditional plein air painting approaches. Kegler regards the act of painting as an opportunity to recall moving personal experiences and portray these events as poetic statements.

PRESS:
ARTIST STATEMENT:

"Poetry of Place"

"The humility that I am bestowed when immersed in nature is my muse. She provides an infinite supply of beauty - the challenge is making a decision on what "beautiful" visual experience moves me, and then to portray it in an emotional visual statement. What elevates technical adeptness to artistry is poetry - evoking a sublime emotion.

My goal is to get to know my subject on an intimate level and bring this investigation to the viewer in the form of an evocative work of art. When I am studying a maple tree in the field for instance, I want my work to pay homage to that specific tree - not to all maples in general. I need to explore what made the tree grow into its unique shapes - the light, its surroundings, the weather, the soil, its environment. I investigate what I am seeing in order to "understand" what I am painting with an anatomical sensibility.

The many hours and days spent interacting with my subjects have opened my eyes to subtleties such as intricate color and value shifts, and beauty in the overlooked. I strive to emphasize the important elements of my inspiration and simplify the surroundings. Essentially, distilling what is before me into the essence of the experience, as opposed to rote copying, or simply capturing the "impression" of the moment.

My work is a manifestation of my love of the outdoors and nature. Nature itself has been the most humbling instructor. The sounds, smells, and tactile qualities that I experience while in field cannot help but be infused in the work. I strive to impart a universal quality that makes the viewer feel he has been there and can relate to the image. I hope my work is able to share my interactions with the viewer, while at the same time bringing an awareness and respect for God's creations and their temporal qualities."

"With Humility comes Wisdom" - Proverbs 11:2

VITAE:
Exhibitions/Events/Honors

2012
2011
2010
2009
2009
2008
2007
2006

GALLERIES:
John Pence Gallery- San Francisco, CA
Cavalier Galleries - Greenwich, CT
Meibohm Fine Arts - East Aurora, NY
Beals & Abbate - Sante Fe, NM
Beacon Fine Art Gallery - Red Bank, NJ

Nocturne Over Marsh: Psalms 8:3  

Oil on linen
38.1 x 76.2 cm
(15" x 30")
Private collection

Added: 2014-07-14
Break of Dawn, 2 Corinthians 4:16

Oil on linen
45.72 x 60.96 cm
(18" x 24")
Private collection

Added: 2014-07-14
Moonrise at Dawn, Psalm 8:3-5

Oil on linen
35.56 x 27.94 cm
(14" x 11")
Private collection

Added: 2014-07-14
Leaving Harbor - Psalms 89:9

Oil on linen
27.94 x 35.56 cm
(11" x 14")
Private collection

Added: 2014-07-14
Fog Lift in Harbor, Proverbs 16:20

Oil on linen
58.42 x 91.44 cm
(23" x 36")
Private collection

Added: 2014-07-14
Twilight Glow over Cranberry Bogs, Proverbs 3:5

Oil on linen
76.2 x 101.6 cm
(30" x 40")
Private collection

Added: 2014-07-14
White roses - Isaiah 35:1

Oil on linen
20.32 x 25.4 cm
(8" x 10")
Private collection

Added: 2014-07-14
White Roses - Song of Solomon

Oil on linen
25.4 x 20.32 cm
(10" x 8")
Private collection

Added: 2014-07-14
Fish, Lemons, Parsley, Psalm 65:9

Oil on linen
30.48 x 22.86 cm
(12" x 9")
Private collection

Added: 2014-07-14
Autumn Marsh - Proverbs 2:2

-2011
Oil on linen
76.2 x 101.6 cm
(30" x 40")
Private collection

Added: 2013-01-04