On Tom Gale's studio wall is written: “this is where language ends”
Silent Land
On Tom Gale’s studio wall is written: “this is where language ends”. [1]
An artist’s statement is his creative work.
Tom’s paintings are representational and their most common subject is landscape. They are not, however, in the tradition of lyrical landscape painting, which saw its culmination in the works of the Impressionists. Rather, they are expressionist. The landscape is used after the matter in which Rouault or Nolde used the human figure. He has always maintained that while landscape painting may have as its objective the representation of the beauty of nature – i.e. be romantic – it may also be used to convey message and mood. It is with the latter in view that he paints. Tom’s response to his subject matter is, in large part, emotional and intuitive.
“A tension opposes two very different narrative themes within my work”, he states. “On one hand, the paintings express my own sense of spiritual oneness with earth. Conversely, they express the isolation of my conscious being from my environment. I am interested in the dialectic of seemingly opposing forces.”
He continues to explain that while his painting is solitary – a confrontation of the silent land, in a silent studio – it is imperative that his work be shared. “My work is heuristic: a personal journey towards self-awareness and a process of communication of my vision, with the hope that others will find a sense of commonalty and resonance in my work from which they can learn, about themselves and about the land.”
“I speak of the land and the land speaks of me.”
[1] Sharon Butala, The Perfection of the Morning, Harper Collins, Toronto, 1994