The following information was submitted in March 2006 by Semaj International:
"My work takes an historical queue from post-war European Automatism and Surrealism, and the powerful influence those movements had on what's now called Abstract Expressionism. At the same time, I've always been fond of the directness and beauty seen in early Japanese and Chinese ink works. So it's really the physical and poetic qualities of abstraction that I love and try to practice daily.
That said, I have always enjoyed the risk of starting a painting or drawing with what at first may appear to be formless, only to realize a kind of trigger, or glimpse into my own thoughts and day-to-day experiences. Once that happens, I take the work to a formal stage; shaping the piece into a visual narrative which might include landscape, organic forms, or personal symbols, such as eyes, walls, teeth-the list goes on and on-references that makes some sense to me and hopefully the viewer.
For the past few years, I've been working with the delicate balance which painting and drawing share when given varying degrees of emphasis. In most of my paintings I use a combination of acrylic, oil, and drawing media simultaneously to lead the viewer into a new place of visual poetics."
B.F.A. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 1977.
M.F.A. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1980.
Teaching Assistantship 1979/1980, University of Arizona, Introduction to Studio Art.
Internship 1980, University of Arizona, Advanced Painting.
Mark Voris Scholarship in Painting, 1979, University of Arizona.
Haldeman Scholarship, 1979, University of Arizona.
Graduate Student Development Fund Grant, 1979, University of Arizona.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, California, April 1997
410 Boyd Street, Los Angeles, California, November 1996
Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, California, February, 1996
Connecticut College, Joann Toor Cummings Gallery, New London, Connecticut, October, 1995
Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, California; March, May 1995
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana; October 1992, November 1992
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California, Decmember 1991 January 1992
de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California; September, December 1990
Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, Arizona; January, February 1989
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California; June, July 1988
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Good paintings make you want to paint, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, California, October, 1998.
Transcendental Meditations, William Turner Gallery, Venice, California, July, 1996.
Afond, Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, California, March, 1996.
Substance in Transition, Gallery IV, Los Angeles, California, September 1993.
Works On Paper, Gallerie Finarte, Nagoya, Japan, December 1992.
The Ends of Paintings:The Edges of Abstractions, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California, September, October 1990; David Pagel, curator
Works on Paper, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, Summer, 1990.
Paintings, Pierce College Art Gallery, Woodland Hills, California, October,1989.
"Tom Savage at Cirrus Gallery," David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, March 30, 1995
"Image Makers, L.A. Artists Return to Abstraction," David DiMichele, Downtown News, April 17, 1995
"Tom Savage At Shoshana Wayne Gallery," Walter Lab, Visions Magazine, Fall
"The Ends of Paintings: The Edges of Abstractions," David Pagel, Artspace Magazine, January / February,1991
"L.A. In Review," Susan Kandel, Arts Magazine, December, 1990
"Tom Savage at Shoshana Wayne Gallery," Marlena Donohue, Los Angeles Times, June 30, 1989
"New American Talent," Mel McCombie, Austin American Statesman, May 14, 1987
Source: Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA