Alpine artist brings classic style to Abraham Gallery exhibit

February 12, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Over the past 14 years of the Abraham Art Gallery’s existence at Wayland Baptist University, a variety of art mediums, expressions and talents have strolled through the ornate wooden doors, testimony to the great diversity that makes up the visual arts.

The newest exhibit to grace those blue walls will be no different, as Tom Curry brings his unique style of “Texas chic with a regional flair” to the gallery, opening February 25 at Wayland. A reception with Curry will be held Friday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 in the atrium of the Mabee Learning Resources Center just outside the gallery doors.

According to Dr. Candace Keller, professor of art at WBU and the Abraham Gallery curator, Curry’s work brings a new dimension to the gallery with some Texas flair thrown in.

Two years ago, I took a trip to Alpine in the Big Bend country for the gallery night they call the Artwalk, and I found that artist and illustrator Tom Curry had opened a studio there,” Keller recalls. “My first look at Tom’s unique style of painting was in the pages of Texas Monthly, a publication always savvy about the artists they elect to represent, and over the years, he has created a lot of buzz with his artwork.” 

Curry’s paintings are mostly conceptual with a humorous twist, often voicing social concerns. He primarily works in acrylic on hardboard or canvas, and his pieces are in private collections in the US, Europe and Japan. Curry had had nine one-man shows and makes limited edition prints available for most of his paintings.

The artist has been an illustrator since 1977 and has many awards from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, the New York Art Directors Club, Graphics and Print magazine. He has done illustrators for Time, Newsweek, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Atlantic and The New York City Opera. In addition, Curry has illustrated six children’s books. The latest, Buckamoo Girls, was selected as one of the ten best in 2006, according to Time Magazine.

“Tom’s concepts have an immediate point of recognition and can communicate a voice of social justice, a matter of conscience or a comic irony, served up in highly expressive visual form and color,” Keller said. 

Curry is a native of Coleman, Texas, and lived and worked in Austin for 15 years. He moved to Alpine to concentrate on personal paintings and for the beauty of the region.

The Abraham Gallery exhibit is free and open to the public during regular hours of the Mabee Learning Resources Center, which houses the gallery in its lower level: 10-5 Monday through Thursday, 10-4 Friday and 2-5 Saturday. For more information, contact the gallery at (806) 291-3710.