Tom Mulqueen – Artist Showcase

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Tom Mulqueen has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Tom is an award-winning artist based in Illinois, USA. He was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 25th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Tom’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to hundreds of major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Tom’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 artworks that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Tom is a self-taught artist, who began painting while recovering from a mountain biking accident that left him in a coma. He began with the Bob Ross technique, but came to broaden his technique to suit his desire for different subject matter. His style has been described by one gallerist as "stylized realism". Tom's work has won several awards, and he has had two individual shows of his work - both featuring his railroad paintings.

Artist Statement

Art is an attempt to express the inexpressible, and at its best provokes a sense of wonder, whether through its technique, composition, subject matter, use of color, or detail. All art is a reflection of choices made by the artist – both submissions and omissions – and the best art is the expression of a personal truth, describing the world the artist promotes. As Bob Dylan said, “Art is the perpetual motion of illusion. The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do? What else can you do for anyone but inspire them.”

I have blended my passion for art with my lifelong love of trains. Oil is my primary medium as much of my initial art instruction was from TV art shows on PBS. The slower drying times also compels me to be more deliberate, giving me the time to assess a work more thoroughly as it progresses.

My focus on trains stems from the fact that both of my grandfathers worked for (competing) railroads in Chicago, and I grew up in his grandparents’ house along the tracks of the Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad, for which my grandfather worked. Railroads also offer the opportunity to include history, diverse landscapes and cityscapes, and bold colors into my works.

Tom’s art can be found on his website.

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