Tom Brydelsky

Bio

Born in 1957, Tom Brydelsky lives in New York. His mixed-media encaustic paintings are an investigation into the nature of perception, memory, and the living environment. He is among prestigious recipients to receive a 2017 Pollock-Krasner grant. His work has appeared in numerous publications as well as televised features on art and home décor.

Brydelsky is also a seasoned museum educator. He has served at many notable New York intuitions including; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Queens Museum of Art, The Hecksher Museum of Art and the Parrish Art Museum. His work is among many prominent public and private collections including the Ben Shahn Center Galleries, William Paterson University and the Hecksher Museum of Art.

Process

My landscapes serve as imagined scenarios that are inspired by the natural world around us. This series draws from the historical genre of Plein air painting practiced by such icons as; Claude Monet, Camille Pissaro and Pierre-August Renoir who were driven by the transference of time, space, movement and essence of place within painting. My work aims to build upon their earlier technology of paint and brush by incorporating multi-media elements of photography, encaustic and collage. Also inspired by American 19th Century philosopher and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, my landscape paintings seek truth in the remotest of spaces as with Walden Pond. They reflect countless hours of wandering through various locations seeking out spaces that resonate a mystical serenity. Once found, often hundreds of photographs are taken of these environments and the objects that inhabit them.
In the studio, I manipulate these images digitally, deconstructing and re-combining them while incorporating various textures, collage elements and colors to re-invent the feeling that a particular scene evoked. The result is printed using archival inks and paper, mounted onto a wood panel and becomes the base for an encaustic painting. The encaustic is poured, brushed and heated into grid-like or striped patterns, which mirror my continued interest in abstraction and the role it plays in evoking emotion. The translucent quality of encaustic directly applied to the surface augments whatever atmospheric condition the image holds. In addition, it is a media that allows for a broad range of surface textures and, by its very nature, speaks of the fragility of life and memory.

 

Education

1992  BFA, Empire State College CUNY, New York, NY
1977-81  Art Students League, New York, NYSOLO EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 New Work, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL ​
2015 Tom Brydelsky, New Work, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Luminous, The Encaustic Work of Tom Brydelsky, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN
Tom Brydelsky New Work, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
2013 Tom Brydelsky, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
2012 New Works by Tom Brydelsky, Encaustic Landscapes, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
2011 Encaustic Landscapes by Tom Brydelsky, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
2010 New Work by Tom Brydelsky, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
2009 Landscape, Process, Memory, New Work by Tom Brydelsky, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
2008 Tom Brydelsky, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
2007 Tom Brydelsky, Encaustic II, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
Tom Brydelsky, Encaustic Landscapes, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
2006 Tom Brydelsky, New Work, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
1998 Exploring Artists Visions, Walton Art Center, Fayetteville, AR
1996 Tom Brydelsky/Mixed Media, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC
1995 Object, Essence, Memory, Works by Tom Brydelsky, C.A.G.E., Cincinnati, OH
Vertical Series, Works by Tom Brydelsky, Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster, IN
1993 Urban Alchemy, New Works by Tom Brydelsky, Laura Sprague Gallery, Joliet College, Joliet, IL

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Stretching Unstretched, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2016 A Decade in the Making, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN
Gradations: A Sense of Successive Stages or Degrees, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
Introducing NYC Artist Tom Brydelsky, Dean Day Gallery, Houston TX
Fragments, Au Gold Gallery, Boston, MA
2015 End of Summer Salon, CUSP Gallery, New York, NY
Group Show, Christopher Morgan Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2014 Spectrum Fundraiser, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
Choices, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Exposed, Au Gold Gallery, Boston, MA
Surface Sounds, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York, NY
AD 20/21 Boston, Au Gold Gallery, Boston, MA
2013 Ebb and Flow, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York, NY
The Armory Show, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Home is Where the Art Is, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Group Show, Christopher Morgan Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
For Designer's Only, Kravitz, Boston, MA
For Arts Sake, NJ Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
2012 Paradiso, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Group Show, Christopher Morgan Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
Studio Artists, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2011 The Eloquence of Trees, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
ArtHamptons, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
On Exhibit, New Work by Tom Brydelsky, Diana Levine Fine Art, Boston, MA
Architectural Digest Home Design Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
ArtChicago, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
Group Show, Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
New Still Life & Landscape Paintings, Mark Gallery, Engelwood, NJ
The Writings on the Wall, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Studio Artists, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
Five Centuries of Art, Hecksher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
AD 20/21- Art and Design of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Diana Levine Fine Art, Boston, MA
Group Show, Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Winter Group Show, Mark Gallery, Engelwood, NJ
2009 The Ninth Annual Red Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
Group Show, Mark Gallery, Engelwood, NJ
Voices and Visions, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
Susan G. Komen Build for the Cure, Charlotte, NC
Fifth Annual BAMart Silent Auction, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Spring Sequence, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Blank Canvas Benefit, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ
The Eight Annual Red Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
Some Wonderful Things, Part II, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL
Group Show, Steps Gallery, London, England
2007 The Seventh Annual Red Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
Scope Art Fair Miami, Sacco Gallery, Miami, FL
Bridge Art Fair Miami, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
Art London and Bridge Art Fair London, Belloc Lowdes Fine Art, Chicago. IL
Ladies and Gentleman..., Sacco Gallery, Miami, FL
Petal Fusion II, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
Affordable Art Fair, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
Art in Embassies: Cape Town, South Africa, U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C.
2006 The Sixth Annual Red Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
The 9th Annual Postcards From the Edge Benefit, Visual Aids, New York, NY
The Third Annual Art Auction Benefit, Sunnyside Community Center, Sunnyside, NY
Group Miniatures Show, Phoenix Gallery, Park City, UT
Blank Canvas Benefit, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ
Petal Fusion, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
Lots of Landscapes, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL
The Pavilion Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY
2005 The 5th Annual Red Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
The Encaustic Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
Group Show, Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
10@16, DSA Fine Arts, Beacon, NY
2004 The 4th Annual Red Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY
6th American Print Biennial, The Marsh Art Gallery,
University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, VA;
Curator: Marjorie B. Cohn, Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University,
New Prints 2004/Spring, International Print Center, New York, NY
Curator: Barry Walker, Curator of 20th Century Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2003 NorthEast Prints 2003, Ben Shahn Center Galleries, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
Curator: David W Kiehl, Curator of Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art
2002 Twenty-Fifth Small Works Exhibition, New York University, New York, NY
Curator: Barbara Millstein, Curator, Brooklyn Museum of Art

AWARDS

2017 Pollock-Krasner Award, Painting, New York, NY

PRESS

2015 Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago, January: Time Capsule, page 82-83,
Room to Grow, page 91.
2013 Residence China, June: cover.
2011 New York Spaces, January: smartStart, page 64.
Herald Tribune, February: Artful Design: Turning a Blank Canvas into a Decor
2009 Architectural Digest, November:
Design Notebook: Accent for a Brooklyn Town House, page 60.
2007 Fashioning a Home with Clinton Kelly, The Learning Channel

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Hecksher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
Archer Daniels Midland Company, Decatur, IL
William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ
Private collections throughout the United States and Europe