Tom Alway explores the relationship between subject and viewer in his most recent series of paintings, Panes & Sills
The inspiration for Panes and Sills
emerged from imagery captured on a trip to Newfoundland. These dramatic acrylic paintings provoke thoughts about private and public spaces, intimacy and the external, while retaining a sense of familiarity. The original images are transformed by the imagination of the viewer, who is encouraged to consider the subject in front of the canvas.
Tom attended the University of New Hampshire before coming to Canada to attend graduate school at York University in Toronto. He has worked in the theatre and film industries in both Ontario and Nova Scotia. In 1997, he co-founded the Maritime Painted Saltbox Heritage Furniture and Fine Art Gallery in Nova Scotia where he designs and creates 19th century heritage reproduction furniture and exhibits both his furniture and fine art.
Self-taught, Tom paints realistically with a nod to surrealism, enjoying the shaping and sculpting of objects in colour and the play of light on them.