Now On Display in Cannon Hall
The Art of Thomas Brodhead
Exhibit Opening February 11th, 6:00-7:30pm
The colorful paintings of artist Thomas Brodhead, a resident of Smyrna, TN, will be on display at the Art Center of Cannon County from February 1st through the beginning of March. Brodhead's early work depicts humorous narratives, typically in a pop-art cartoonish style, but his current subject matter is rendered with a technique viewers may find fascinating. "I'm creating figures composed of small geometric areas, each painted in a distinct, contrasting color," Brodhead said in a recent interview. "I took a cue from American painter Stuart Davis, who used fixed colors to paint large, intertwining areas. But I'm also a fan of the German color theorist Albert Munsell, who discovered a way to measure color intensity in order to achieve color balance. My work now embraces both Davis and Munsell, building up large areas with aggregates of small, single-colored polygons."
Brodhead's recent work is striking in detail, something ported over from his previous work setting classical sheet music. "For over twenty years I worked as a music engraver and editor, setting difficult music for print publication. The attention to detail in that work eventually found its way into my paintings. At first I explored painting to bathe in color after living in a world of black-and-white notation. My earlier, cartoonish work was a reaction against that, but my current work reflects my prior preoccupation with detail. Old habits die hard, you might say."
A graduate of Oberlin College (1989), Brodhead has distinguished himself as a musicologist, and he is the editor of the new performance edition of Charles Ives's massive Fourth Symphony. His work as a painter first landed him a solo show at Vanderbilt's K.C. Potter Center in 2014, and his painting, "Harlequin Donnybrook," was accepted into the 2015 juried Open Show at the Oak Ridge Art Center in Oak Ridge, TN. "Harlequin Donnybrook" and several of his recent large canvases will comprise his show at the Arts Center of Cannon County. Brodhead's art may be viewed online at https://thomasbrodhead.com
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