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02/27/2015

'Vocabulary of Images' Inspires Newest Exhibit from Fine Arts Chair Tom Stanley

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 "Selected Works" will be shown from now through March 13 at the George Gallery in Charleston. A reception is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m.

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Tom Stanley
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Fine Arts Chair Tom Stanley says it's appropriate that his newest gallery exhibition featuring several images of boats or ships will be shown in Charleston.

"The subject of boats was initially inspired by the work of self-taught Mt. Pleasant artist Marion 'Boot' Hamilton," he explained of his exhibition, "Selected Works From 2012-2015." He first encountered Hamilton's paintings in the 1970s and was struck by their magic quality.

"Selected Works" will be shown from now through March 13 at the George Gallery in Charleston at 50 Bogart Street. A reception is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m.

Stanley's works, envisioned on canvas and paper, focuses on improving with line and shape while still relying on tools of mechanical drawing, the ordered process and Sgraffito. Simple images stabilize complex compositions in his pieces.

"Although my recent work is about an immediate improvisation on the surface of the canvas," Stanley said in his artist statement, "these paintings still rely upon a vocabulary of images that have had meaning to me personally. They are typically abstracted into simple silhouettes that comprise a free-floating visual narrative."

Stanley joined the Winthrop community in 1990 as the first director of the Winthrop Galleries. Stanley is now chair of the Department of Fine Arts and a professor. His paintings have been published in New American Painting editions, and his work has been featured in the S.C. State Museum, Duke University, S.C. Arts Commission and B.F. Goodrich, to name a few.

For more information, contact Stanley at 803/323-2653 or e-mail him at stanleyt@winthrop.edu.

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