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Tom Sherwood, Yea, Though I Walk Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Portrait of Michael Strong

Tom Sherwood, Yea, Though I Walk Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Portrait of Michael Strong (1993), egg tempera and gold leaf on panel [Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA, Mar 7-Jun 14] Collection of Leslie Strong


Tom Sherwood: A Golden Perspective

Whatcom Museum
Bellingham WA – Mar 7-Jun 14

Tom Sherwood, Apotheosis

Tom Sherwood, Apotheosis (1996–1997), egg tempera and gold leaf on panel [Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA, Mar 7-Jun 14] Collection of Ron and Pam Binns


Tom Sherwood, This Too Shall Pass Away, Vanity for Cécile Thomas
Tom Sherwood, This Too Shall Pass Away, Vanity for Cécile Thomas (1999–2000), egg tempera and gold leaf on panel [Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA, Mar 7-Jun 14] Collection of Cécile Thomas


Artist Tom Sherwood has been a Bellingham resident since he first took a teaching position at Fairhaven College (Western Washington University) in 1970. Though his formal education is in theological studies, he has taught art throughout the United States and in China.

Sherwood creates dramatic renderings of figurative subjects and natural forms, working in a Renaissance-like style that highlights the beauty and anatomy of the human form. His most accomplished pieces are made with egg tempera and gold leaf on wood panel, and each can take several years to complete. Nine of these masterful paintings are included in this comprehensive exhibit, along with a prominent selection of drawings, woodcuts and Sherwood’s 1985 award-winning bronze sculpture, The Assistants.

An impeccable draftsman, Sherwood gives attention to perspective while realizing his subjects with great emotional detail. Many of the pencil studies on exhibit reveal both his initial ideas and the process that leads to the finished masterworks.

Although managing to evade commercial success and regular exhibitions of his artwork, Sherwood has had a large influence on several prominent regional artists, many of whom helped spearhead the idea for this exhibition. The retrospective concentrates on the facet of Sherwood’s oeuvre, which began in 1992, when he was able to focus full-time on artistic production. His lifelong interests in philosophy, theology, art history, literature and mythology all come into play in his mature paintings.

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Allyn Cantor


 Tue, Apr 7, 2015