ARTIST’S STATEMENT

     

    In the eighth grade my parents gave me a set of oil paints.  A first attempt at this mysterious medium was rewarded an honorable mention at our community art fair.  It was even exhibited with the big people’s paintings.  That’s a dangerous compliment to offer a child, because ever since that ribbon, I have not put down my brushes.

     

    Any purpose beyond color and composition that I choose to layer within a painting is not necessarily what an audience may read or feel. Each viewer holds his or her own personal relationship to an image. When recognition occurs, mutual gratitude results. 

     

    As the Romantic poet, John Clare wrote, “Language has not the power to speak what love indites, the soul lies buried in the ink that writes.”  So too it is with paint.

     

    TR Colletta

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

                2018   Hartford Public Library - Hartford, CT

                2013   Campton Gallery – New York, NY

                2011   Evan Lurie Gallery – Carmel, IN

                2010   Caldwell Snyder Gallery – San Francisco, CA

                2008   Campton Gallery – New York, NY

                2007   Campton Gallery – New York, NY

                2006   Caldwell Snyder Gallery – San Francisco, CA           

                2005   Trajan Gallery – Carmel, CA

                2005   Caldwell Snyder Gallery – New York, NY

                2004   Trajan Gallery – Recent Works and Lecture – Carmel, CA

                2003   Caldwell Snyder Gallery – San Francisco, CA

                2002   Caldwell Snyder Gallery – New York, NY

                1995   Romantic Realist - Colleen Yoho Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                1994   Angels in San Francisco - Spectrum Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                1991   Peel Gallery - Danby, VT

                1989   Boston Remembered -  Haley & Steele, Boston, MA

                1986   Hartford Arts Council Award Exhibit, Jubilee 350 - Hartford, CT

                1985   Visions of Yesteryear - Fairfield University, CT

                1983   Central Arizona Chapter of the AIA – Phoenix, AZ

                1983   The Meeting House - Hartford, CT

                1980   Different Drummer Gallery - Hartford, CT

                1980   Widener Gallery, Trinity College - Hartford, CT

                1979   Different Drummer Gallery - Hartford, CT

                           

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

     

                2016   Caldwell Snyder - San Francisco, CA

                2015   Blue 7 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA - Food for Thought

                2013   Skidmore Contemporary Art – Santa Monica

                2013   Campton Gallery – New York, NY

                2013   Sue Greenwood Fine Art – Laguna Beach, CA

                2011   Sue Greenwood Fine Art – Laguna Beach, CA

                2010   Campton Gallery – New York, NY

                2005   San Francisco International Art Expo – San Francisco, CA

                2004   San Francisco International Art Expo – San Francisco, CA  

                2003   Caldwell Snyder Gallery 20th Anniversary Show – San Francisco, CA

                1998   Powell Street Gallery - San Francisco, CA

                1993   Three for the Third - Peel Gallery, Danby, VT

                1991   Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts Annual (CAFA)

                1991   Copley Society Portrait Show - Boston, MA

                1991   Carriage House Gallery Portrait Show - Guilford, CT

                1990   CAFA Annual

                1989   The Connecticut Vision - Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT

                1989   CAFA Annual

                1988   Glastonbury Art Exhibit - 2nd Prize - Glastonbury, CT

                1988   CAFA Annual

                1987   CAFA Annual

                1986   Mystic Maritime Gallery Invitational -  Mystic, CT

                1986   85th Annual New Haven Paint & Clay Exhibit - New Haven, CT

                1985   Greene Art Gallery - Guilford, CT

                1985   CAFA Annual

                1984   Americana Show - Greenwich Workshop Gallery - Greenwich, CT

                1984   83rd Annual New Haven Paint & Clay Exhibit - New Haven, CT

                1982   National Juried Exhibition - Terrance Gallery - Palenville, NY 

                1982   Green Art Gallery - Guilford, CT

                1982   Hartford Show - Artworks Gallery, Hartford, CT

                1979   Connecticut Painters & Sculptors Annual - Stamford, CT

     

     

    ART FAIRS

     

                2012   Art Palm Beach - Palm Beach, FL

                2011   Miami International Art Fair, Miami, FL

                2011   Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

                2011   San Francisco International Art Expo, San Francisco, CA

                2010   Red Dot Art Show – New York, NY

                2010   Art Hamptons International, Bridgehampton, NY

                2010   Los Angeles Art Show – Los Angeles, CA

                2008   Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL

                2006   Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL

                2005   San Francisco International Art Expo, San Francisco, CA

                2004   San Francisco International Art Expo, San Francisco, CA

                2003   Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

     

                2012 - January - AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR – #75

                2011 - Nov/Dec. - VERANDA MAGAZINE - article title: Fresh Vision

                2011 - September 7 - THE DAILY NEW CANAAN - Town Hall installation

                2010 - Spring Issue - ARTWORKS magazine - TR COLLETTA interview/article

                2008 - September - AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR – #35

                2008 - September - ARTNEWS – Exhibition announcement

                2007 - April - ARTNEWS – Exhibition announcement

                2005 - February - IN NEW YORK:  Here & Now – TR Colletta at Caldwell Snyder

                2005 - June – CALIFORNIA HOME AND DESIGN:  The Beauty of Taking Work Home

                2003 - June – ARTNEWS:  City Focus – San Francisco

                2003 - July/Aug – FAMILY CHRONICLE magazine:  Ellis Island

                2002 - March – ARTNEWS:  Exhibition announcement

                1998 - Winter – AMBASSADOR MAGAZINE-The Artistry of American Icons – TR Colletta

                1995 - December – USA TODAY

                1994 - September –FRONTIERS Magazine - San Francisco:  Angels in San Francisco

                1991 - May – The Stamford Advocate                            

                1991 - December – The Hartford Courant:  "TR Colletta - Structural Artistry"

                1991 - February – The Glastonbury Citizen

                1987 - March – Gannett Westchester News

                1985 - August – The Catholic Transcript

                1985 - September – New Britain Herald – South Church Commission

                1985 - September – Fairfield Citizen News

                1985 - September – The Advocate – Fairfield County:  Visions of Yesteryear

                1985 - September – New Haven Register:  TR Colletta at Fairfield University

                1984 - April – Fairfield Citizen News:  Americana Show – Greenwich Workshop

                1982 - November – The Hartford Courant

                1980 - October – The Hartford Courant

                1979 - November – The Hartford Courant

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    BIOGRAPHY

     

     

    Thomas R. Colletta was born in Buffalo, New York in April of 1952, and grew up in the nearby Town of Tonawanda.  American/German mother, whose ancestors entered the United States in the 1800’s.  Italian/American father, who entered through Ellis Island at age six in 1921. 

     

    Thomas received his first set of oil paints in the eighth grade.  In High School he took classes in music theory and composition, studied piano and played French Horn for the school band and orchestra.  At the State University of New York College at Buffalo, though entering as a history major, Thomas graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design. These years were also filled with lessons in Classical Pipe Organ and Bagpipes.

     

    In 1971, Thomas accepted his first organist position at First Presbyterian Church in the City of Tonawanda, NY. After graduation in 1974, as assistant to Dr. Edna Lindemann, he became Technical Director for the Charles Burchfield Center in Buffalo, NY. His duties included the design of exhibits, brochures and promotional material. In 1975 he was hired by the Longin Studio in Niagara Falls, NY, and worked as a professional photographer. His passion for art and architecture prompted several solo trips to Europe, where he could experience, in person, the Western history of art. 

     

    Moving to Hartford, Connecticut in 1978, Thomas devoted himself to painting full time.  In 1979 he began exhibiting at the Different Drummer Gallery, while accepting illustration commissions from publishing firms in Boston and New York.  Almost exclusively his canvases depicted historic, urban landscapes – titled aptly by one critic as  “pictorial time machines.”  During this time, Thomas expanded his music as well: he accepted the position of Organist and Music Director for Saint Mary’s R.C. Church in New Britain, CT and sang with the professional chorus, CONCORA.

     

    Color became a much stronger focus in his work after a New Hampshire seminar with artist, Peter Granucci in 1986. The next year Thomas studied with renown portrait painter, Richard Whitney, a former pupil of R.H. Ives Gammell, exponent of the Boston School of Visual Impressionism. TR's subject matter then expanded beyond urban scenes to portraiture and figurative work as well.

     

    After leaving Connecticut and spending a year in New York City, Thomas moved to San Francisco in 1992. He auditioned for the San Francisco Symphony Chorus with whom he is honored to share a Grammy for their 1995 recording of the Brahms’ Requiem. 

     

    In 1996 he began a series of paintings, which focused on objects that accented American culture in the 20th century. Exploring the possibilities of expressing these objects in paint continues to entertain his easel.  Most recently, his repertoire has grown to include "stamp" paintings. They have presented TR with the opportunity to unite a representational image with the extemporaneous, abstract application of paint.

     

    Thomas, gratefully lives and works in beautiful San Francisco, California.

     

     

     

    Select Collections 

    Hartford, Connecticut Public Library

    Aetna Life Insurance

    Cigna Corporation

    Price - Waterhouse

    United Technologies

    Fairfield University

    Whoopi Goldberg

    Dick Wolf - writer/producer

    David Baldacci - writer

    Bill Prady - writer

    Fleet Boston Financial

    The Hartford Insurance Co.

    Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance

    The Hartford Club

    R.C. Knox Inc.

    Saint Francis Hospital - Hartford

    Day, Berry & Howard Attys.

    Connecticut Bank & Trust