Tom Keough Artist Talk

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16th and 6th Avenue, 2009 Oil On Canvas 39" X 48”
Tom Keough Artist Talk
Curated by: Hal Bromm

90 West Broadway at Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
July 8th, 2009 5:30 PM - 7:00 AM
Opening: July 1st, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

by appointment


Hal Bromm Gallery presents an illustrated talk by painter Tom Keough on his work at 5:30 pm on 8 July 2009.  A reception with the artist will follow.   The event is open to the public without charge.   The artist’s talk is held in conjunction with an exhibition of Tom Keough’s  Night Paintings, currently on view at Hal Bromm Gallery.

Tom Keough lives and works in New York City.  For nearly twenty years his paintings have focused on night views of urban and country landscapes.  Keough’s personal view of New York and its environs after dark presents an unseen perspective, unique and often mysteriously empty.  The works invite viewers to experience the urban community and the landscapes beyond it with a vision that is both familiar and strange. 

  Tom Keough’s night paintings capture quiet, empty streets, dark alleys and overlooked corners of our urban environment, imparting an eerie sense of urban solitude.   Keough  uses light and weather changes to alter the familiar.  Comfortable neighborhood landscapes, transformed by artificial light when darkness descends, take on new life.  Under freshly fallen snow, perceptions change, providing an altered – and usually unseen – perspective momentarily frozen in time and devoid of activity. 

  Highlighting the after-dark relationships created by man-made light and its effect on the landscape,  16th Street and 6th Avenue, depicts a single streetlamp illuminating thousands of leaves on a tree below, their brightly lit translucence creating an arresting vision unlike any seen in daylight.  Far from the city, trees growing deep in the forests of the Catskill Mountains offer a striking contrast to Keough’s unique perspective on altered urban environments.

Tom Keough’s work has been widely collected and shown, including exhibitions and  installations at the National Arts Club, Theatre for the New City, US Capital, US Senate, Gallery Bielefeld (Germany), Moenchehaus Museum (Germany), Riverside Cathedral, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Saint Peter’s Church, Citicorp Center, Donnell Library, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, New York Life Insurance Company, Brooklyn Hospital, Carnegie Museum, US Embassy (Jamaica), Place/Kayenberg Design Studio Hamburg (Germany), United Nations Headquarters (NY), and the Museum of Modern Art (NY). 

  A perceptive essay on the artist’s work by Shannon Egan appeared in the Winter 2007 issue of The Gettysburg Review: “Bright Lights on Quiet Streets: Tom Keough’s Nocturnes” (  

The exhibition continues through 31 July 2009.