My figurative work is a manifestation of many carefully observed and photographically documented people in motion and the environments they inhabit. I synthesize these photos into imagined scenarios in which individuals, either in groups or alone, travel in specific directions with what seems like a definitive purpose, although the journey's outcome is intentionally left unknown.

I create digital linear drawings on top of imagined landscapes, which serve as backgrounds for these works. Figures that have been digitally altered are layered on top, abstracted to erase their individuality, and thus transformed into symbols to describe the movement that unfolds in these scenarios. The resulting image is printed using archival inks and paper and mounted onto a wood or canvas panel. As in my landscape and floral work, encaustic is applied to add a translucent, atmospheric quality to the surface. Oil-based colors are applied in stripes of various thicknesses over this layer of encaustic. Occasionally, these same figures are re-printed, cut out, and collaged on top as a final layer. A subtle shift in their placement evokes movement and enhances the narrative. I am interested in further developing my interest in figurative abstraction by  using only a silhouette, which are placed within the composition using graphite. My intention is to explore our individual and collective journeys, the space and movement we create within.

Tom Brydelsky figures Acrylic and collage on canvas
Walk
Acrylic and collage on canvas
48 x 48"

Tom Brydelsky figures Oil, encaustic and collage on wood.
Into the Distance
Oil, encaustic and collage on wood.
40 x 60"

Tom Brydelsky figures Oil, encaustic and collage on wood.
Blur
Oil, encaustic and collage on wood.
40 x 60"

Tom Brydelsky figures Encaustic and collage on wood.
sketch for Blur
Encaustic and collage on wood.
24 x 24"

Tom Brydelsky figures Oil, encaustic and collage on canvas.
The Absence and Presence of Desire
Oil, encaustic and collage on canvas.
Diptych. 48 x 96"

Tom Brydelsky figures Oil, encaustic and collage on canvas.
Vacation
2016
Oil, encaustic and collage on canvas.
48 x 48"

Tom Brydelsky figures Encaustic and collage on canvas.
City Runners
Encaustic and collage on canvas.
48 x 60"

Tom Brydelsky figures Oil, collage and encaustic on wood.
Balance
2016
Oil, collage and encaustic on wood.
Diptych. 60 x 60"

Tom Brydelsky figures Encaustic and collage on wood
A View From Above
Encaustic and collage on wood
Hexaptych, 48 x 40"

Tom Brydelsky figures Encaustic and collage on wood.
A Walk in the Park
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Triptych. 36 x 60"

Tom Brydelsky figures Encaustic and collage on wood.
Passenger
Encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 42 x 72"

Tom Brydelsky figures Oil, encaustic and collage on wood.
No Rhyme or Reason
Oil, encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky figures Oil, encaustic and collage on wood.
Move Yourself
Oil, encaustic and collage on wood.
60 x 72"

Tom Brydelsky figures Oil, encaustic and collage on wood.
Walk Don't Walk
Oil, encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky figures Oil, encaustic and collage on wood.
Motion
2015
Oil, encaustic and collage on wood.
Diptych. 48 x 64"

Tom Brydelsky figures Acrylic, enamel and graphite on canvas.
Ghost
2016
Acrylic, enamel and graphite on canvas.
24 x 24"

Tom Brydelsky figures Acrylic, polymers and collage on canvas.
Circle V
2015
Acrylic, polymers and collage on canvas.
48 x 48"

Tom Brydelsky figures Acrylic and collage on canvas
Array
2016
Acrylic and collage on canvas
24 x 24"

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