"Mythologies" Exhibit Opens January 30

Paintings of Robert Tomlinson Featured

Teaneck, NJ (January 6, 2006) — “Mythologies” an exhibit of oil and collage on canvas by artist Bob Tomlinson, will be on view from January 30-February 24, 2006 at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Edward Williams Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Bob Tomlinson is an African-American painter who has shown widely in Europe and America. As a scholar of French literature and aesthetics, he has lectured and published in both arenas. Many important African-American art collections include his work -- those of Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Richard Long and Clark-Atlanta University.

Born in Brooklyn, he studied at the Tyler School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Pratt Institute and Columbia University, New York; and Atelier de la Grande Chaumičre, Paris. Tomlinson lives in Paris.

“The “Mythologies” exhibition at Fairleigh Dickinson is inspired by some of the multiple myths that structure our lives,” he said. “The literary myths of the doomed Greek king Oedipus or of Prince Gengi, the amorous hero created by the 10th century Japanese novelist Murasaki Shikibu; the religious myths of Salome and John the Baptist (represented in “The Apparition” and the two “Dances”) or of the “Jobutsu” painting based on the Buddhist myth that at death the body of the enlightened soul becomes as light as paper and displays a particular ‘Buddha smile.’”

While focusing on form and rhythm, Tomlinson’s figures hover in baroque atmospheres with a flourish of oil washes. The viewer is compelled to look deeper than the surface and is drawn in by the story of the painting and the way imagined spirits and color harmonies play off one another.

In his paintings, Tomlinson combines layers of oil paint and collage on canvas. As a collage material, he favors paper— mostly art papers of gold, silver, and marble or patterned papers in rich colors. But he often uses more humble papers such as brown wrapping paper and simple rice paper.

The Gallery is in the Edward Williams Building on FDU’s Metropolitan Campus at 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, NJ. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For further information, call 201 692 2449.

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