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Thomas Legaspi

Thomas Legaspi

Thomas Legaspi is a contemporary realist painter/draftsperson and Associate Adjunct Professor of Art at St. John's University in Jamaica, New York. He received his M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art in 2001. The experience of that classical art education profoundly changed his style and approach to art. Mr. Legaspi works within the context of contemporary realism focusing mainly on the narrative potential of figurative art. He explores states of fragility, dualism, conflict, irony and the eternal pursuit of self-resolution. While many of his works are based on realism, he often explores the visual realm of more modern aesthetics delving into issues of color, texture, paint applications, mixed media and expressionistic experimentation. He also credits his life long experiences in New York City as having a major role in his thematic choices. He has exhibited nationally and internationally over the past 10 years as well as being an art educator during that same period.

Mr. Legaspi greatly anticipates his upcoming show with the Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art with great thanks to Director Ms. Charity-Mika Woodard. His show entitled "Shades of Blue" explores one of the most essential colors of any palette - Blue. The show investigates the color in its many facets and its many varied meanings. All of the paintings in this show contain the color blue as a dominant color in the composition. Many of the figures throughout this show are bathed in a blue background, or a cool light that drastically and dramatically contribute to the overall atmosphere and mood of the painting. Any other color would not have produced those reflective tones. Some paintings explore the power of this color to be a peaceful meditative element, and others explore the word blue in its non-color definitions such as somber or depressed feelings. Yet others explore how the word blue is used idiomatically. Scientists tells us that blue may have been the last color our eyes were able to see. It is difficult to imagine a world without the wondrous color blue.