with moderator, Dr. Stephen Caffey,
Texas A&M, College of Architecture
“Fitzpatrick’s precisely rendered, even affectionate portraits of the sculptural models take on the presence of comic book heroes on the brilliantly colored, boldly outlined and compositionally agitated canvases.” – Dr Stephen Caffey
About the Exhibition
For over 20 years Tommy Fitzpatrick has been creating a large and diverse body of work. In the beginning, he painted architecture as a geometric representation and then more recently has demonstrated a push towards abstraction. Fitzpatrick’s work allows viewers to see the world through his perspective. The exhibition recognition of sight follows his progression as an artist, offering a rare opportunity to see the sculptures, created from found materials, which form the basis for his paintings.
Born in Dallas in 1969, Tommy Fitzpatrick received a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Texas in Austin in 1991, followed by an M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art in 1993. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Dallas, Houston, New York, Madrid, London, Berlin and Seoul. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Menil Collection as well as the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Fitzpatrick is currently an Associate Professor of painting at Texas State University. He resides in New Braunfels, Texas. CV available upon request.
About the Moderator
Dr. Stephen Caffey teaches art and architectural history, theory and criticism in the departments of Architecture and Visualization at Texas A&M University, where he also serves on the curatorial committee for the Wright Gallery, as a faculty fellow in the Center for Heritage Conservation and as deputy director of the Museum Studies minor in the undergraduate program. In 2008 he earned the PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin and since that time has written and co-written a number of exhibition reviews, journal articles and book chapters on topics ranging from British history painting to Brazilian modernist architecture. In March 2015 he curated a joint exhibition of Guerrilla Girls posters and the paintings of New York artist Robin Tewes, followed by an exhibition of the American Realist painters known as The Eight, which ran from September to December of the same year. Caffey divides his time between College Station and Austin, where he recently joined the board of Fisterra Projects.