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Classic and Modern Mythology: Painting by Tom Fournier Park

A painting of death riding a horse through a landscapeThe Isolation of Death

Featured artist Tom Fournier Park works in figurative painting, creating works that celebrate both classic and modern mythology. Tom is originally from Ajax, Ontario and is a self-taught painter with an appreciation for classical painting as well as newer movements like cubism and art deco.


A painting of a futuristic metropolisMetropolis 1, acrylic on canvas

Tom’s interest in the art deco movement certainly shows in his series of Metropolis paintings. Each painting depicts what appears to be a futuristic city, rendered using changing stylistic choices against a backdrop of an ominous, deep red sky. The simplified geometric shapes, sharp lines and stylized details are reminiscent of the poster art for the original 1927 film.


A screen capture of Tom Fournier Park's painting websiteThe Metropolis gallery on Tom's website

I find Tom’s style somewhat reminiscent of Allen Wittert’s methods of rendering a city skyline, with a focus on the way the shapes of buildings intersect with the sky. Tom’s landscape painting has a similar appeal, except in The Faroe Islands the focus shifts from skyline to water.


A painting expressing existential angstExistential Angst, acrylic on canvas



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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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