Thomas Leaver: Where

September 10 through October 25, 2014

Second Saturday Reception on September 13, 6 to 8 pm
Live Music by Scott Collard Trio

Tom Leaver, who lives and works in Oakland, also maintains quite a following here in the state capitol. Leaver is a JAYJAY artist who found success in the great beyond – New York – where he has shown regularly for the last two decades. Where color and form dominate Emerson, here we see the subtle nuances created by Leaver with veils of paint and turpentine. These familiar but otherworldly landscapes are mysterious, romantic, moody and eccentric. We see more range of color in this new body of work, whereas in prior exhibits there was a more neutral and monochromatic quality to the paintings. His imagery appears to be at once dissolving and emerging, almost primordial in its depiction of nature. “My paintings are often about passages; areas of drift, transitional points, and peripheral views. I want to create a tone rather than an actual. I want the viewer to feel something, rather than just to see something.” Leaver studied at CSU Sacramento. His work can be found in many private and public collections, including Plaza Five Fifty Five, Kaiser Permanente, and Continental Cablevision, all in Sacramento. Other corporate collections include the US State Department; Swedish RePartners, NY, NY; Ruesch International in Washington, DC; and Lillich and Charles, San Francisco.


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