Video: Unity with nature in the works of Thomas Paquette
2023 Author: Richard Flannagan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 13:10
So many changes and innovations are currently taking place in contemporary art that it seems that we will soon forget what it is like to just admire the beautiful landscape that the artist wrote with all his heart, trying to convey every bit of the beauty of the moment. The beauty of the road, the beauty of the sky, the beauty of the lake, the beauty of the lake - this is how much beauty there is in oil paintings by Thomas Paquette, in the best traditions of Savrasov and Shishkin.
Thomas Paquette lives in Minneapolis. He grew up pursuing art and taking pleasant trips to the Art Institute of Minneapolis. As a teenager, he hitchhiked a lot and jumped on passing trains all over the country, even reaching Alaska. Apparently, it was after these trips, after those natural beauties that he saw on the way, that Thomas realized how much he was attracted by art, and in particular painting. He attended Bemmidge State Institute until 1985, after which he entered the University of Erdarsville in Southern Illinois, where he became a master of arts. Since then, he has been painting almost all of his time.
Just months after his diploma work (which was an exhibition), Thomas Paquette was awarded a three-year continuing education course in Miami. After them, he moved to Maine, New England, for 10 years. Over the years, he has painted landscapes, held exhibitions and carried out orders. Thomas draws inspiration from the amazing world of nature, which begins right on the doorstep of his house and extends through hundreds of kilometers of travel throughout the country. Usually, on the spot, he makes only a sketch, or draws in gouache, and finishes the work already in the studio. Many works are presented on his website, they can even be purchased.
In Thomas's paintings there is a certain element of unity between the artist and the viewer with what is depicted on them, unity with nature … All this was very common among Russian artists of the 19th century, but now it is being pushed into the background. Technology is developing, nature, untouched by man, is less and less. Perhaps, soon these paintings are the last thing that will remain with us from nature. In the meantime, you can look at the landscapes of Thomas Paquette and know that you can still visit these places, and that there are still many such places, and someday we will definitely go there.