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Tom Scullin
Tom Scullin
Geographic location Professional painter, Lancaster, PA, United-States
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Tom Scullin, Lancaster, PA, United-StatesTom Scullin was born in 1953. He received his BFA from the Ohio State University and his MFA from Pennsylvania State University. Soon thereafter he attended the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting.

Tom is a proud Founder of and a recently retired fulltime associate professor at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster, PA. He has had 39 years of fulltime college-level teaching experience. He has thoroughly absorbed Art History from years of teaching it, as well as having travelled extensively in Europe five different times.

Scullin has been a realist painter since his teens. Tom has had 16 one-person shows, the most recent being at the Regitz Galley at the Ware Center in Lancaster, PA. Some of his other one-person shows have been in the Jun Gallery and the Hahnemann University Gallery, both in Philadelphia, PA.

Scullin has participated in over 60 group or juried shows. He has won four First prize painting awards as well having been exhibited four times in the prestigious Butler Art Museum in Youngstown, Ohio.
Influence : I have always explored a realism that has the grandness of the Baroque that is imbued with a feeling of mystery. My allegorical paintings investigate themes of history, enigma, and morality. The earliest stage of this was the theme of the Sacred and the Profane. Then I covered historical figures and their consequences. I wanted to deconstruct the concept of "allegorical paintings". They were once the play toys of propaganda for mass murdering monsters. Now their crimes are seen for what they are. Presently my subjects are a Hyper-Baroque mix of puzzling juxtapositions. Allegorical paintings should be infused with a contextual richness that extends across many categories. To this end, I use very bright colors and supernatural effects on the beings and settings. My style is a unique combination of many influences: the savagery of Goya, the eroticism of Balthus, the perplexity of Magritte, the realm of science, and religious painting from many cultures and eras. Most of the time, I will include animals in the picture, as humans make themselves too important. I believe that I am the only painter of allegories who has taken this direction. I think my outlook was shaped from being one of nine children and having grown up Catholic. I consider myself to be a hard worker who has always had something to say, and this should be evidenced by my artistic output.
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