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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: traditional landscape, still life and figure painting

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Biography from Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc.:
Thomas Kegler is an established painter and art instructor from the Western New York area. He is primarily known for his traditional oil paintings that feature landscapes, still life, and figures that draw from the Masters’ approach to the canvas. Thomas is devoted to obtaining, refining, and sharing the skills and techniques of traditional oil painting and enjoys the opportunity to share his knowledge and skills through the visual arts. He works in oil paint on linen in the traditional realism style and influence of the Old Masters, the Hudson River School, the French Barbizon, the Tonalists, and the Luminists. His paintings often feature outdoor themes such as; twilight landscapes, pastoral scenes, mountains, and water. He is also a portrait painter, and his style reflects Contemporary Realism as well.

He holds the title of Master Roycroft Renaissance Artisan, a designation of the Roycrofters-at-Large Association (RALA) of East Aurora, NY. He has participated in numerous group and solo gallery shows nationally and locally. He currently resides and maintains his studio in the Buffalo suburb of East Aurora, NY, and is currently taking commissions.

Since 1999 until the present, he has taught at the East Aurora Public Schools, as an instructor and curriculum coordinator for the art department in East Aurora, NY. Kegler is active presenting to groups, critiquing and judging shows, and organizing various art related events in the Buffalo area. Recently in September of 2007, he had the distinction of doing a few commission paintings for the album cover and interior artwork for the newest album, Canon, by Ani DiFranco for her own label, Righteous Babe Records. Kegler most recently in 2008 received the Dumond Memorial Award at the Hudson Valley Art Association juried 77th National Exhibition in Old Lyme, CT.

Kegler studied art at the State University College at Buffalo, and graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design in 1993, and later received an MS in Art Education in 1999, Buffalo, NY. He is also a self-taught painter of the style and techniques of the Old Masters, and in 2008 furthered his studies with the Classical Realist painter Jacob Collins (American, 1965-) at the Hudson River School of Landscape in Hunter, NY.

Artist Statement:

“My passion for the outdoors is mirrored in my painting. From the local
familiar hills of Western New York to the majestic mountains of Alaska
and Oregon, the act of painting is an opportunity to recall moving
personal experiences. Revisiting the processes and techniques of the
old masters in light of contemporary materials and memorable moments
guides my appreciation of life's subtleties."
-2008

The interplay of light has lead Thomas Kegler to travel through landscapes
both expansive and intimate. The moments of life are often presented through light's transitions - outdoors from just before dawn, at twilight, or through an interior's elegant chiaroscuro. Our understanding of our place in life's journey is enhanced by the mysterious light, a view of a silvery stream, a chance encounter with a wild trout, or the color of petals against a porcelain bowl. These paintings ask us to question our physical and spiritual purpose in our
own environment. The subtle color interplay and abstract manipulation of light and masses invite one to connect with and participate in the work. The viewer experiences a sense of nostalgia for a visual experience that has perhaps not yet been visited, but can be seen through the artist's eye.

“As a child, I remember being driven towards visual forms of expression. Growing up in a house with eight siblings, I was fortunate to have had an exposure to art through their interests and careers; my earliest childhood memories include drawing and coloring at the kitchen table or creating with cardboard boxes. Home nurtured an understanding and appreciation for art, its forms throughout history and its possibilities as a medium for my own expression.

The lighting of Old Masters, the atmosphere of the Hudson River Valley School, and George Inness' spiritual landscapes are especially inspiring to me. Studying their techniques and materials in light of the practice of contemporary artists has defined my approach. Recent life events have resulted in a drive to refine the depth and breadth of my oil painting and to explore diverse subject matter.

Whether a landscape, portrait or still life, my work is less about the subject
and more about life and its experiences. The subject is not a tree in a landscape or a flower in a still life, but the feeling resonating after an experience of seeing and being in their presence. I am attracted to nature's quiet ways: the sounds, smells, colors that are often unnoticed. Rarely are my works dramatic or intense in nature; they are about the subtle, common and often overlooked. In each painting I strive to capture a feeling and portray a deeper meaning as opposed to presenting a photographic portrayal of an image. I feel that art by nature is the act of imprinting your soul on your work through your
medium. The viewer is then invited to interpret the painting through his or her interaction with the work.

The titles of the works are included as accent, not so much to define the viewer's experience or understanding, but to hint the location or encounter that inspired the work or to reveal the direction or approach I used. Often it will
be as specific as to the exact place, time of year, and time of day or as simple as Syrup Pitcher. The inclusion of Biblical verses in the titles of some of my works connects the ancient text and teachings and their relevance to our world. Passages from the Bible speak of the ordinary, everyday subjects and experiences that inspire my work.

Observing and interacting with my subjects is a contemplative and humbling
experience. For me, this is the essence of artistic creation. The goal of my work is to relish and capture, without glorification, the individuality of each tree, face, or still life arrangement.”
-Thomas Kegler.

TIMELINE:

1970- Born, November 4th, Buffalo, NY.

1986-2000- Exhibited, solo shows, G&R Gallery of Wildlife Art, Buffalo, NY.

1987- Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America.

1988- Graduated from Bishop Timon St. Jude, High School, Buffalo, NY.

1993- Graduated from the State University College at Buffalo, BFA Graphic Design, Buffalo, NY.

1993-1996- Sole Proprietor of Graphic Design businesss

1995-1996- Outback Fly Fishing Guide, Tikchik Narrows Lodge, Dillingham, AK.

1999- Graduated from the State University College at Buffalo, MS in Art Education (4.0 GPA), Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, solo show, State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY), Fredonia, NY.

1999 to Present- Art Instructor and Art Curriculum Coordinator, East Aurora Union Free School District, East Aurora, NY.

2000- Exhibited, group member exhibition, Daemen College, Buffalo, NY.

2001- Exhibited, group member exhibition, Niagara Community College, Niagara Falls, NY.

2004- Exhibited, group show, “Paint the Town”, Buffalo Historical Museum, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, group show, “Buffalo Collects”, Burchfield-Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, “Chautauqua Connects”, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY.

2005- Exhibited, Exhibited, group show, “Paint the Town”, Buffalo Historical Museum, Buffalo, NY. Submitted work for the Multiple Sclerosis Art Auction, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, group show, “Buffalo Collects”, Burchfield-Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY.

2006- Exhibited, solo show of recent paintings, “Intimate Views”, 42 paintings, Meibohm Fine Art Gallery, East Aurora, NY. Exhibited, group show, “Paint the Town”, Buffalo Historical Museum, Buffalo, NY. Submitted work for the Multiple Sclerosis Art Auction, Buffalo, NY.

2007- Exhibited, joint exhibition, Collectors Gallery, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, joint exhibition, “Artists Among Us”, Burchfield-Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, group show, “Paint the Town”, Buffalo Historical Museum, Buffalo, NY. Submitted work for the Multiple Sclerosis Art Auction, Buffalo, NY.

2008- Attended the Hudson River School of Landscape with Classical Realist painter Jacob Collins (American, 1965-, www.jacobcollinspaintings.com), and exhibited, juried group show, participant in the Summer Intensive Workshop, Sugar Maple Center for Creative Arts and in association with the Catskill Mountain Foundation, Hunter, NY. Exhibited, juried 77th National Exhibition, (recipient of the Dumond Memorial Award), Hudson Valley Art Association, Old Lyme, CT. Exhibited, juried national exhibition, Oil Painters of America, Missoula, MT. Exhibited, juried regional exhibition, Oil Painters of America, Nashville, TN. Exhibited, two person show of recent paintings, “Revisiting the Familiar”, Kenan Center, Lockport, NY. Exhibited, juried members group exhibition, Western New York Artist’s Group, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, invited group exhibition, Western New York Artist’s Group, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, group show, “Awakenings”, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY. Exhibited, joint exhibition, Collectors Gallery, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

Member of: Oil Painters of America (OPA), Crystal Lake, IL; Hudson Valley Art Association, Old Lyme, CT; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Collectors Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Burchfield-Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY; Western New York Artists Group, Buffalo, NY; Roycrofters At-Large Association (RALA), East Aurora, NY; Buffalo Illustrators Group (BIG), Buffalo, NY; New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA), Region 1, Western NY; National Art Education Association (NAEA), Reston, VA; Advertising Club of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

Prizes: 2008 Recipient of the Dumond Memorial Award, juried 77th National Exhibition, Hudson Valley Art Association, Old Lyme, CT.

Galleries in: Meibohm Fine Arts Gallery, 478 Main Street, East Aurora, NY 14052; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Collectors Gallery,1285 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222; Oxford Gallery, 267 Oxford Street, Rochester, NY 14607.

Collections in: Numerous private collections locally and nationally.

Thomas has sketched and painted throughout the United States including Alaska, New York, Maine, Vermont, and Oregon.

(Rewritten and compiled chronologically by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, NY, 09/2008. From sources: With Permission from Thomas Kegler and his personal records and submitted biography information; our internal records and prior biographical information, www.thomaskegler.com; www.kenancenter.org)

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