Many people who are familiar with artist Tom Rooney are aware of his works from Pavlov’s Togs – a retail component of his portfolio that features some of the greatest Buffalo-centric designs around. Not too long ago, Tom had a shop on Elmwood Avenue, and before that he could be found on Hertel.
Today Tom is concentrating on his block print artwork, which has positioned him perfectly for a show at the WNY Book Arts Collective (WNYBAC). “After closing Pavlov’s Togs to focus on personal work I realized that I wanted to get back into doing relief prints, a medium I explored during my undergraduate days,” Tom told me. “I hooked up with the fine folks at WNYBAC, started producing lino cuts there in January and was soon offered the chance to have a solo show in their gallery. I’ve had a lifelong fascination with birds and have always appreciated the variety of beautiful species that are common but often overlooked. I decided to choose a few of my favorites as block print subjects (hence the “Unsung Birds” reference in the show title). I’ve also always been drawn to objects that use nature (specifically animals) as inspiration, so I’ve created a series of block prints (“Secondhand Nature”) which use found objects (mostly small animal toys and figurines) as subject material. In addition to exhibiting the prints, I’ll also have some of the actual printing blocks and reference materials on display to help visitors get a clearer idea of the process. It’s been particularly rewarding to revisit a medium I enjoyed many years ago and to feel the same excitement and satisfaction with the process and results.”
To learn more about the upcoming show, visit the WNYBAC website.
On view July 12 – August 10, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, July 12th / 6pm-9pm
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