Art|Basel Miami Beach Edition Featured Artist: Thomas Francisco

Thomas Francisco, Convergence, 2009, Archival Pigment Print, 22 x 22 in.


Thomas Francisco

Most often my inspiration stems from my genuine love of nature and the out-of-doors. The aesthetics of natural elements, of the earth and the rough hewn textures of stone and wood in all its weathered forms intrigues me. I feel that the natural “found objects” I collect from mountains, fields, forests and streams hold within them the energy and spirit of the earth from as far back as primitive man. My objective is to find that kinetic energy within and release it visually in my art. When constructing assemblages I imagine how our ancestors might have collected and arranged simple objects around their own rustic dwellings. What inspired them? Did they recognize the raw power of their own primitive art? Once made, these constructions become the basis of my photographs. And within these photographs I try to emulate the silvered natural colors, hues and textures of the weathered wood and stone through simple lighting effects and toning—in an effort too to strike a balance between strength and serenity—wherein I find peace and exhilaration.

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