Classic and Modern Mythology: Painting by Tom Fournier Park
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.
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.
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.