Tommy May & Ruth Hamill
August 12, 2018 - August 25, 2018

Artists' Reception Sunday, August 12th from 5-7pm.

Abstract painter Tommy May debuts at the Field Gallery. Tommy May, b.1994 studied Photography at Savannah College of Art and Design. May and his partner, Gwen, founded Grey Projects LA in December 2016.

A frequent summer resident, May is a Los Angeles based artist, whose objective is portraying memories through vibrant colors and crudely drawn symbols. May works in various mediums; such as enamel, acrylic, oil, watercolor, sculpture and printmaking.

My current work explores color field techniques and automatic drawing.   The process begins with various washes and stains that are inspired by many Washington Color School painters, such as Sam Gilliam and Morris Lewis.  I then approach the canvas with automatic drawings. The stains act as the architecture to the painting, a matrix for marks to exist upon. The nature of my process allows me to find relationships within the paintings beyond my conscious invention.
This body of work is inspired by the colors and shapes of Martha’s Vineyard.  I often use vibrant hues but for these paintings, I have chosen a more toned down palette, reflective of the island.  Earth tones, blues and purples are prominent in the work.

Painter Ruth Hamill explores the Vineyard's waters in a series of contemporary encaustic paintings. Bordering on the abstract, Ruth's work captures the motion and energy of the Island's ever changing seashore. "My work is about the transiency of life with the waves and tides of ocean life acting as a visual metaphor for the overall transiency.  I use traditional materials in new ways."

The reception, held from 5-7 pm at the Field Gallery in West Tisbury, next to the West Tisbury Free Public Library, is free and open to the public.