Drew University, 1987, BA
Tom McGill has dipped a toe in quite a number of soul-chasing pursuits, and so it only seems fitting, with a whole foot and undoubtedly a whole heart submerged in his artistic endeavors, that his expression of self involves a tangle of diverse subjects. By mixing iconography with the mundane, his work often engages the thinking place in your head."
- SIC Magazine, March 2012
I explore different creative media to articulate something of my experience of the world. Often, I use iconic cultural, social, and religious images, both in and out of their usual contexts. Common objects, cultural artifacts, and portraits also are featured in my work. One of my goals is to express my inner experience and feelings using shared cultural vocabulary with just enough ambiguity to allow viewers to connect with the work meaningfully through the lens of their own life experience. My work is often witty, mundane, provocative, sacred, and profane. Sometimes, my creative process is collaborative and evolves in relation to the reaction/response of people to my work. Other times, my process is a solitary journey.
Born in NYC, raised in NJ, I studied History and Religion, with a couple of art classes here and there, in college and graduate school. When not engaged in artistic pursuits, I have been a college administrator, stay at home dad, bartender/waiter, teacher, carpenter/contractor/designer.