Tom O’Rourke is an Irish painter who uses an impressionist, abstracted style to express subjects both figurative and conceptual. The artist’s works are brightly coloured with a palpable, almost vibrating sense of energy.
I really enjoy the colour palette that Tom employs in many of his works. Whether it’s a unified scheme of deep greens and blues like that in his series The Green Man, or warmer, earthy shades of brown and red like those in his Musician paintings, the artist has a great sense of not only how to mix vibrant, striking colours, but also how to position those colours within a greater composition for maximum impact.
In our previous feature of Tom’s work, we looked at how the artist often employs hazy suggestions of figures, creating works that could be interpreted as purely abstract if seen from afar, and allowing the viewer to piece together their own impressions of the subjects.