Tom Ferguson: Painting

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The timeline below accesses 400+ images representing an autobiography of my Painting, 1969 - 2009.
Consider scrolling down & starting at First Paintings 1969
You can "next" your way through time... or, alternatively, start with the retrospective exhibition, the first category.

(Painting statement at bottom page)
© 2008 Tom Ferguson



2 prints

  21 albums of
 original songs
 written &
 performed by moi

Box Books, a project for MOCA/GA
and follow-up editions

Hambidge Box Books
March 2008

Charcoal, mixed media
City Gallery East
24 drawings, 2006

Computer Drawings

Political Cartoons
(this is a separate web site)




Exhibition, AS-IS (finale)
Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery

 a Retrospective 1969 - 2009   6/20 - 8/8, 2009
 Emory Law Library: Selections from Eyedrum  Retrospective, August thru December 2009  click
 Last Paintings . 2000 - 2006 .click
 Found Object Paintings 1997 - 2000  click
 Appropriated Children's Drawings                                       1988 - 2000   click
 Single Object  1987 - 2000  click
 Full Length Figures 1986 - 2000  click
 Heads 1984 - 2000  click
 One-a-day Images 1983-4    click
 Word Paintings 1980 - 83   click
 Minimal 1978 - 1980  click
 Collaborative 1975 - 78  click
 Linear Abstraction 1976 - 77  click
 Musical Analogy 1974 - 75  click
 Islamic Grid 1972 - 74  click
 Abstraction 1971 - 72  click
 Imaginary Subject 1970 - 72  click
 Cityscape 1969 - 70  click
 First Paintings: Interior  1969  click
 Drawings  click
 Early Drawings 1967-9  click
 Some Very Early Paintings  click
 High Museum, Atlanta: Peter Morrin Essay  click
 Brochure . Retrospective 1984-5 cover images  click
 Brochure . Retrospective 1984-5 artist statement
  & Peter Morrin Essay
 Conceptual Works  click
 Selected Press  click
 photos over time of our hero  click
 Exhibition Installation views  click
 Studio, views of  click
 Etching Commission  click
 Murals assisting David Fichter  click


The paintings are organized over a timeline, categorized according to shifts in interest. This goes back to 1969 when, after studying 5 
semesters at a Milwaukee art school & painting on my own several months, I had a "break -through", where painting suddenly made 
sense to me. There is further discussion of this in an
artist's statement, from a brochure which was part of a 1984-5 seven-museum/Georgia touring retrospective, and an essay by Peter Morrin, then curator of 
20th Century Art at the High Museum in Atlanta, which accompanied 
my exhibition there in 1985.

I have labored periodically since art school to define art & painting.
John Cage's notion that "music is organized sound" translates well I
think into, "painting is organized color." Another satisfying idea for
me is Joseph Campbell's statement, "We don't seek meaning, we
crave depth experience of reality." An encounter with a painting
can be just such an experience.

From a slightly different angle... Joie de vivre. Gary Zukav talks
about choosing, moment to moment, between joy and fear.
Eckhardt Tolle puts it in other words - escaping egoic mind chatter
into presence, the eternal NOW.

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