Thomas Whittaker Kidd: High Tide

For Immediate Release

October 13, 2007 - November 10, 2007

opening reception: October 13, 6-9pm

Los Angeles-based artist Thomas Whittaker Kidd will be featured in his second solo show in Los Angeles in an exhibition titled “HIGH TIDE.” He will present new paintings that offer the viewer a look into, what Kidd describes as, “a world that feels the connections from all places and time.”

Kidd creates striking and bizarre figurative paintings within landscapes whose precarious narratives are harvested from the imagination and memories of the artist. The past, the future and the present all join forces in a moment of shear expression. In these works Kidd's ideas, thoughts, and memories team up to form a hallucinatory quality, where the laws of nature don’t exist. Unexpected juxtapositions are brought together from many apparently disassociated thoughts to form a fictional juncture to a fantastical story.

Since his last solo exhibition, Kidd has been working on the group of paintings that will be presented in this exhibition. These new works have an expanded color palette and a more refined use of light. Figures now reside in a space that has become a more active component within the composition. Light and color are now an integral part of the story setting the tone for the viewer before he or she actually engages in the narrative within the painting.

These new works are an impressive collection of stories that are unfiltered by overly wrought intellectual paradigms of the contemporary scene, offering us a look into the artist’s own creative mind.

Kidd holds an MFA in painting from San Jose State University and a BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art. Kidd’s past solo exhibitions include shows at Kruglak Gallery, MiraCosta College in Oceanside, Acme Gallery in Los Angeles, Cuesta College Art Gallery in San Luis Obispo; Frederick Spratt Gallery in San Jose; and at the ASI/University Union Gallery at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

For further questions please contact Carl Berg
Tel: 323-931-6060

Thomas Whittaker Kidd
The Insistance of Nature
2007
Oil on canvas
48" x 58"

Thomas Whittaker Kidd
Vitality of the Senses and Memories of Battles
2007
Oil on canvas
54" x 68"

Thomas Whittaker Kidd
Trust Cannon
2007
Oil on canvas
51 1/2" x 67 1/2"

Thomas Whittaker Kidd
Getting Out of Town
2007
Oil on canvas
55" x 66 1/4"

Thomas Whittaker Kidd
Excitement Treatment in Orange
2007
Oil on canvas
54 1/2" x 67"

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