.::tom mcgill art::.


Tom McGill has dipped a toe in quite a number of soul-chasing pursuits, and so it only seems fitting, with a whole foot and undoubtedly a whole heart submerged in his artistic endeavors, that his expression of self involves a tangle of diverse subjects. By mixing iconography with the mundane, his work often engages the thinking place in your head.
- SIC Magazine, March 2012

Tom's work is influenced by street art. He paints objects, people, animals, and abstract forms; using color and form to communicate mood, to convey emotion, to express feeling. Often, Tom renders the subjects of his work disentangled from their usual environments, finding this isolation highlights their intrinsic human made or natural beauty. Iconic cultural, social, and religious images, outside of their expected surroundings, are freed to be reconsidered and reinterpreted. Tom hopes to engage the emotional experience the viewer brings to his work with unusual or unexpected compositions. Tom's work is rooted in the human experience; sometimes political, religious, and/or spiritual. It is rarely neutral and at times prods viewers to discomfort and at other times generates a smile. His pieces are usually open ended. It is in dialog with the viewer that each piece is completed; the viewer's experience is an essential component of the work. Tom is keen to explore his connection with others through his work.

The first born child of his parents, Tom continues to be the oldest of his 5 siblings. Born in Jamaica, Queens, raised in NJ, he earned a B.A. from Drew University and an M.T.S. from Harvard University. Tom has been a college administrator, stay at home dad, coach, Roto Rooter technician, bellhop, bartender/waiter, teacher, carpenter, contractor, and designer. He likes to take things apart and, to a lesser degree, put things back together. Tom has a favorite fork. One of his favorite sense progressions is: smell of coffee beans roasting, smell (and sound) of coffee beans grinding, smell of coffee brewing, taste and warm steam feel of the first sip of coffee.

Since early 2013, Tom has lived and worked in Hudson, New York. He is the artist-in-residence at 46 Green Street Studios. Tom helped to develop and manages a creative center which has studio spaces for artists and Gallery @ 46 Green Street Studios which he co-owns and co-curates.