Tom Scullin was born in 1953. He received his BFA from the Ohio State University and his MFA from Pennsylvania State University. Soon thereafter he attended the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting.
Tom is a proud Founder of and a recently retired fulltime associate professor at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster, PA. He has had 39 years of fulltime college-level teaching experience. He has thoroughly absorbed Art History from years of teaching it, as well as having travelled extensively in Europe five different times.
Scullin has been a realist painter since his teens. Tom has had 16 one-person shows, the most recent being at the Regitz Galley at the Ware Center in Lancaster, PA. Some of his other one-person shows have been in the Jun Gallery and the Hahnemann University Gallery, both in Philadelphia, PA.
Scullin has participated in over 60 group or juried shows. He has won four First prize painting awards as well having been exhibited four times in the prestigious Butler Art Museum in Youngstown, Ohio.
I have always explored a realism that has the grandness of the Baroque that is iimbued with a feeling of mystery. This is even evidenced in my still life paintings. All is an interaction of characters that etch themselves in time.
The spectacle of the American Southwest inspired me to explore that location for over a decade. Almost all of these paintings are in an oval format in order to capture the panorama of a complete visual field. Some of the paintings are executed on large-scale concave fiberglass shapes that envelop the viewer. My influences include Hockney's photography and Frederic Church. The process of erosion makes many of these monuments visible and are nature's sculptures, much as Michangelo had to carve marble.
Since that time, I have dealt with allegorical paintings in order to investigate themes of history, enigma, and morality. The earliest stage of this was the theme of the Sacred and the Profane. Then I covered historical figures and their consequences. I wanted to deconstruct the concept of "allegorical paintings". They were once the playtoys of propagana for mass murdering monsters. Now their crimes are seen for what they are.
Now my subjects are a Hyper-Baroque mix of puzzling juxtapositions. Allegorical paintings should be infused with a contextual richness that extends across many categories.
To this end, I use very bright colors and supernatural effects on the beings and settings. My style is a unique combination of many influences: the savagery of Goya, the eroticism of Balthus, the perplexity of Magritte, the realm of science, and religious painting from many cultures and eras. Most of the time, I will include animals in the picture, as humans make themselves too important. I believe that I am the only painter of allegories who has taken this direction.
I think my outlook was shaped from being one of nine children and having grown up Catholic. I consider myself to be a hard worker who has always had something to say, and this should be evidenced by my artistic output.
I would appreciate you looking at my artwork and commenting on it.