The High Street Gallery will host an exhibition of paintings by Tom Veillon, 7-10 p.m., March 10. The gallery is located in Victoria House, 2110 Victoria St. in Beaumont.
“The collection of original work I’ll be hanging largely consists of landscapes and natural themes I’ve experienced over the last two years in my travels and backpacking trips,” Veillon said. “I use a variety of media from oil and watercolor to paper mache to bring these experiences to life through the filter of my imagination.”
Entry is free and the work will be for sale.
Vidor-native Veillon has returned to the area after spending the better part of a decade in Colorado and Central Texas. He draws much of his inspiration from a love of the outdoors.
“My heroes in art, such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse and Picasso, have had a huge influence on my approach to a new piece,” he said. “Especially, when I was just starting to take art seriously in my late teens. Prehistoric cave art, the transcendentalists and New Orleans art have also had a profound impact on my style.”
Veillon’s style implements large flat planes of solid color and broad black outlines.
“Instead of focusing on light and shadow I rely on repetition of patterns to create depth in my images. That paired with a vibrant color pallet creates unique depictions of the wilderness similar to how I see the world,” he said.
“I have always felt that humans have wrongly placed themselves above the order of the natural world. It is especially easy to believe that way with the convenience of modern life and global connectivity through social media.
“I want my art to convey to the viewer a sense of smallness, that we are merely one tiny part of a giant world. Similar to standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon or in an alpine valley carved out by a retreating glacier I want to replicate that feeling of humility and wonder. Hopefully, when people leave the gallery they will want to walk into the wild and find their own path in this world of infinite beauty.”
For more information, email victoria housetx @gmail.com, visit the High Street Gallery Facebook page, or visit www.NakedDads.com.