The son of a philosophy professor and an art instructor, Oklahoma artist Tom Wester was raised with a liberal education which embraced broad-minded cultivation. That education led to his current work in art which fuses the two schools of thought together. His philosophical interests lay in Japanese aesthetics. Asymmetrical simplicity delivered through subtle undertones and a minimalistic approach to the unconventional are some of the underlying principles of the Japanese aesthetic known as Wabi-Sabi; defined as the beauty of things, imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. The artist combines this philosophical aesthetic with the abstract expressionism influences of Jackson Pollack's drip paintings and Franz Kline's bold positive/negative spacial compositions to create free floating, seemingly organic, forms comprised of thousands of smaller organic lines. Using several drawing mediums Tom combines layers of textures, lines and a multiplicity of micro spaces to create the finished compositions which balance their positive space through aggressive mark-making techniques that create a sense of relief or deductive method that is most unique to the artist. During the creation process Wester draws from balancing principles of both Buddhist Zen meditation and the art theories of abstract expression. The result of this process transcends the artist himself. By simply observing his work the viewer meditates on the piece as well; which effectuates a convolution from the viewer's experience back through time to the artist's personal experience at the time of the art works creation.
Paseo Originals Art Gallery will feature Tom Wester's expressive abstracts in an exhibit titled “Industrial Zen” which is set to open Friday, August 2nd and run through the 31st of the month. The gallery will be showcasing a large selection of new works by the artist. The Paseo Originals Art Gallery will host an opening reception during the First Friday on Paseo Gallery Walk from 6:00 to 10:00 PM on Friday, August 2nd. The exhibit and all associated events are free and open to the public. Paseo Originals Art Gallery, recently voted Best Art Gallery by the Oklahoma Gazette readership and Best Art Gallery by the Daily Oklahoman's readership in the 2013 Readers Choice Awards, is a private fine art gallery located in the Historic Paseo Arts District. Focusing on contemporary fine art the gallery represents established, mid-career and emerging artists of exceptional caliber. With one of the largest spaces in the Paseo District, the gallery hosts monthly exhibits defined in two gallery exhibit spaces featuring both national and international artists who exemplify the unique characteristics of a collectable fine artist. Showcasing ingenuitive and technically evolved artworks, Paseo Originals is dedicated to the beginning and established collector. The gallery hosts opening receptions for exhibits on the first Friday of each month during the Paseo First Friday Art Walk. The gallery also features lectures, and demonstrations. For more information on gallery events please visit the Paseo Originals website at www.PaseoOriginals.com. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am – 6pm Saturday from 11am – 5pm and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm. Paseo Originals Art Gallery is located at 2920 Paseo Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73103 and can be reached by calling 405.604.6602.