⭐︎OPENING RECEPTION 11/15 TOMO + Rob Redding ⭐︎
Tomo (Painting Creator)
Born 12 December 1973, Yokohama Japan
Tomo has been drawing and making things since childhood, when her curiosity was piqued by the crafts her mother and grandmother created as a hobby. She entered her first design show in 2007 at the urging of her younger sister, and was exposed for the first time to the joy of putting her work on display and up for sale. She has remained active as an artist since 2008.
Tomo exhibits her work by participating in various art events and staging her own solo exhibitions twice a year. Since 2010, she has shown her work on the twelfth of every month at design festival galleries, dubbing these mini exhibitions “Tomo Day” in reference to her own birthday on the twelfth of December.
Smiles are a prominent motif among her works. For materials she relies heavily on acrylics, but also integrates crayons and pastels. Her hope is that those who view her work will enjoy it intuitively, regardless of their age or gender. She is especially keen on creating fun experiences for children, and thus tends toward simple, colorful creations.
Title: Black on White
Artist: Rob Redding
Rob Redding, a 40-year-old Atlantan living in New York, is an abstract artist with more than 25 yearsof painting experience and a growing international profile. From an unlikely start, selling professionally in the abstract art world at the age of 12, he has shown and sold his trademark Smear paintings from Brussels Belgium to the bayou’s of Louisiana.
The son of an Baptist minister and a school teacher, Redding began his professional art career doing imitations of Jackson Pollock at age 12. He credits his older sister Keena Hunt with taking him to see art at Little 5 Points in Atlanta, an artistically rich community; his mother, who had a great deal of artistic talent, and his third grade art teacher, who encouraged him. “I recall showing and selling my art work at the Fayette County (GA) Old Courthouse Art Show when I was a child,” he said. “Like many who struggle toward any type of achievement, success in life is not about one big break but a series of small ones.”
A little more than a decade later, in 2000, he branched into his own artistic style of “Smear Painting” – a vexing mix of colors and psychedelic works. “I went back to a place that I found myself in when I was a child in my garage studio. I recalled that I created a red, white and yellow painting that I thought was worth re-exploring,” he said.
He started establishing Smear painting with the “Black Series” in 2003. There were seven 30″ x 40″ inch works of one primary color engulfed by a black vortexs. The next year he pushed the values of Neoplasticism with a signature work and other supporting works. During the same time he created a “Fractured” series of paintings, taking Pollock’s style and adding Smeared backgrounds and interrupted lines. These works would gain the attention of the Washington, D.C. art community, where he was living at the time. “It is always an event anytime Rob Redding’s smear paintings are featured,” wrote John Blee, a respected critic and artist. Blee’s review came after Redding landed among the top 10 on respected art collector Philip Barlow’s “Pick List.” His is works have also been included in the independent film “Art House.”
After a five year break, just after Redding went back to school to finish his degree in 2009, he began
Smearing on aluminum foil. These works were exhibited in shows in Monroe Louisiana, where they
were created, and in a four story, more than 30 painting solo show in Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill
community in 2011.
Redding made a major leap when he moved to Brussels Belgium where he picked up residency at
Discover Contemporary Art in the city’s artistic hub. There he debuted his new “Deconstruction”
works. These art works give ground to the current “Black on White” show.
Redding talent does not begin and end with art. He is also a professor, author, journalist and nationally syndicated radio host. He teaches at several universities in New York City. He has been featured in Upscale magazine; won an ADDY award; named one of “The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Hosts in America” by Talkers magazine; profiled as an “Industry Leader” in radio by Allaccess.com; and has received a proclamation from the Atlanta City Council for his work. His award-winning Web site, ReddingNewsReview.com, is a leading source for black news on the Internet. He has won an award from the Associated Press and three consecutive Black Web Awards
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⭐︎OPENING RECEPTION Ken Okamoto – Reflect world 11/8⭐︎