Featured Artist… Thomas Torak!

Starry Night by Thomas Torak 16x16" oil on panel
Starry Night by Thomas Torak
16×16″ oil on panel

Thomas Torak. STUNNING! I love this guys style! This painting reminds me of being a kid trying to capture lighting bugs… ahhhh the memories! Just look at how magical those stars are? Radiant and like jewels in the dark sky.

This is what Thomas had to say about his nocturne series that he did… beautiful words!

Starry Night was one of 21 Nocturnes I painted for a solo show at the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA. The exhibit was a tribute to the music of Chopin who wrote 21 nocturnes for solo piano. Starry Night was the final piece in the series, a quiet moment to let the exhibit drift off into sleep.

Studio Interior with Nocturne by Thomas Torak Available: Principle Gallery Charleston
Studio Interior with Nocturne by Thomas Torak

It’s pretty cool to get a glimpse into the artists’ studio… where a gorgeous nocturne is being painted. Very clever!

Read an excerpt about Thomas from his website: Click HERE to read in full; interesting reading, you’ll want to click! Then while you’re there check out the many beautiful paintings!

Thomas Torak is a modern master painter working in the classical tradition. His paintings are known for their breadth and luminosity, rich color and lively brushwork. In the fall of 2008 he was hired as an instructor of portraiture and figure painting at the Art Students League of New York. His paintings have been recognized with the American Artists Professional League Medal of Honor at their 66th Grand National Exhibition; the Audubon Artists Gold Medal of Honor at their 59th Annual Exhibition; the Allied Artists of America Silver Medal of Honor at their 93rd Annual Exhibition, the Academic Artists Gold Medal at their 61st National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism and the Honor Award for Oil at the Academic Artists Association’s 50th and 54th National Exhibitions, the Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor at the 2005 American Artists Professional League Summer Members Exhibition and Best of Show at the 8th Annual National Small Oil Painting Exhibition in Wichita, KA. He has received the top awards at the Salmagundi Club in New York at their Thumb-Box Exhibition and a special members exhibit of Flowers. His painting, The Artist, was purchased by the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA for their permanent collection.

Thomas began studying at the Art Students League of New York in 1974, studying the first year with Robert Beverly Hale and the next seven years with Frank Mason. Under Mason he learned not only the art of painting but also the craft. He prepares his own canvas, mediums and varnishes and uses only hand ground paint, often grinding the colors himself. A difficult and time consuming task, abandoned by most contemporary artists, but vital to the quality of his work. The methods and techniques he employs are those of the Old Masters but his paintings are decidedly contemporary. Many of his still lifes contain timeless subject matter such as fruit and flowers, but in others you will find more modern objects such as pizza, comic books or baseball mitts. Landscapes are often inspired by walks near his Vermont home or a stroll along the Maine coastline. 

Catch you back here tomorrow!


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