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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

Artists Statement
Poetry of Place


Through my work, I strive to bring an awareness and respect for God's creations and their temporal qualities. They provide an infinite supply of beauty and inspiration. I paint traditionally - mirroring a time when academic training and processes were embraced and nurtured. This approach has given me the skills and knowledge to express myself through hand, head and heart.

I wanted to be a painter from the time I could first hold a brush. Many of my earliest memories are of exploring at the kitchen table with my siblings using paper, cardboard, crayons, scissors and glue. Today, using oil paints, my visions and emotions are given a voice through the infinite variations of color notes. Experiences are what I am called to paint...the materials, technique and subject are the vehicle.

Painting is a humbling experience...often the more you learn and grow, the more challenging it becomes. 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. Something new is revealed each time I visit the canvas. I paint daily - it is as necessary to my life as breathing.

Nature itself has been the most humbling instructor. I am awestruck at the visual inspirations that emerge around me in the outdoors. 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.

Whether in the field or the studio, painting is integral to my life...a product of my faith and experiences.

"With Humility comes Wisdom" - Proverbs 11:2

Biography

Renowned artist, Thomas Kegler, is a self-taught painter, producer, and certified teacher residing in Western New York. He is recognized as an Associate Living Master by the prestigious Art Renewal Center, Master Roycroft Artisan, member of the NYC Salmagundi Club, Painting Instructor for the Grand Central Academy in New York City, and Senior Fellow with 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.

Kegler's work has been shown nationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions at many distinguished galleries. His paintings reside in several prominent collections throughout the United States. His work and processes have been featured in notable magazines and publications including American Arts Quarterly.

Kegler is committed to the consistent growth and development of his skills and to the promotion of art education with an emphasis on classical techniques. 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 celebrate the beauty of creation - portraying temporal experiences as poetic statements.

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Galleries

Thomas' work is currently represented by these fine Galleries.
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EXHIBITIONS/EVENTS/HONORS

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Niagara Proverbs 3:3

-2014
Oil on canvas
60.96 x 30.48 cm
(24" x 12")
Private collection

Added: 2015-04-21
Niagara Proverbs 3:3
Evening Hatch Psalms 71:5

-2014
Oil on canvas
38.1 x 46.99 cm
(15" x 18½")
Private collection

Added: 2015-04-21
Evening Hatch Psalms 71:5
White Mountain Ledges Proverbs 18:1

-2014
Oil on canvas
38.1 x 46.99 cm
(15" x 18½")
Private collection

Added: 2015-04-21
White Mountain Ledges Proverbs 18:1
Autumn Flyway Proverbs 3:6

-2014
Oil on canvas
35.56 x 27.94 cm
(14" x 11")
Private collection

Added: 2015-04-21
Autumn Flyway Proverbs 3:6
Hemlock Forest Psalms 29:9

-2014
Oil on canvas
35.56 x 27.94 cm
(14" x 11")
Private collection

Added: 2015-04-21
Hemlock Forest Psalms 29:9
Moon Sonatina Psalms 150:4

-2015
Oil on canvas
25.4 x 20.32 cm
(10" x 8")
Private collection

Added: 2015-04-21
Moon Sonatina Psalms 150:4
Twilight Mist Proverbs 3:26

-2015
Oil on canvas
30.48 x 203.2 cm
(12" x 80")
Private collection

Added: 2015-04-21
Twilight Mist Proverbs 3:26
Clearing Storm Proverbs 22:11

-2014
Oil on canvas
50.8 x 40.64 cm
(20" x 16")
Private collection

Added: 2015-04-21
Clearing Storm Proverbs 22:11
Dawn Proverbs 3:5

-2015
Oil on canvas
30.48 x 60.96 cm
(12" x 24")
Private collection

Added: 2015-04-21
Dawn Proverbs 3:5
Pacific Eventide Proverbs 1:2-6

-2014
Oil on canvas
50.8 x 76.2 cm
(20" x 30")
Private collection

Added: 2015-04-21
Pacific Eventide Proverbs 1:2-6