New York artist Tom Slaughter started exhibiting his work in 1983, with a show at the Drawing Center of New York. Since that time, he has had over 20 solo exhibitions in the U.S., Germany, England, Japan and Canada. Slaughter's work has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York.
Tom Slaughter's painted cut outs are hand cut paper covered with velvety, opaque Flash Paint. The paintings are like a Pop Art version of Matisse's cut out work, slightly raised off the surface to give a sense of three dimensionality. Slaughter uses everyday objects that convey a sense of place and meaning -- like the Adirondack chair, restaurant matchbooks, a sailboat, or water tower. Called "deceptively simple" the works are elegant, and essentially urban.
"Thanks to Jo at the Harrison Gallery for inviting me back for another 4th of July in a great American town. And to Steve Hannock who put it together in the first place. The Paper cuts & collages grew out of my experience illustrating a series of kids books now published in seven languages proving this medium knows no boundaries. Of Course all “paper cuts” lead back to the late great work of Matisse, anybody else is just a pretender. It is a medium that brings me back to my childhood and my first joy in art." Tom Slaughter Williamstown July ‘06
The Harrison Gallery 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004 Selected Collections The Whitney Museum of Art, NYC The Museum of Modern Art, NYC Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, NYC The Caldic Collection, Rotterdam Illustrated Books One Some Many Tundra of Toronto 2004 One Two Three Tundra of Toronto 2003 The Trees of Bucks County Durham Press 2001 Whatever We Lose Durham Press 1998 Tom Boat Tom Slaughter 1990 M is for Moon Tom Slaughter 1987