I DON'T REMEMBER THAT: TOM CANNADY ON NOSTALGIC AMERICANA
10:00am - 5:00pm Location: LEXARTS GALLERY Address: 161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507 Website
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TOM CANNADY | A Louisville native, Cannady was the first born grandson of both parents’ families. He developed strong relationships with his grandparents and loved the stories of their families. Both grandmothers introduced him to their respective family “picture boxes” and it was likely that’s where his love for history and vintage photographs began. He has always had a passion for automobiles and it spills over into his work. The vehicles in his paintings readily identify the era depicted. While earlier works focused solely on the vehicle, now they are additional characters within his compositions.
“I have admired the work of Edward Hopper for many years— his depiction of color, light and shadow. I was also fond of Norman Rockwell’s illustrations and his ability to evoke emotion from his subjects. I am drawn to images that depict a sense of humor, irony or sexuality that is at odds with the simple nostalgic memory many people have of the mid-20th century. I think of the era as passive-repressive. I find it a challenge balancing what exists in an image versus adding or eliminating from the composition to create a more humorous or contradictory message. I try eliciting warm, nostalgic feelings from the viewer of my work, but I also want to include an element of surprise like nostalgia with a dose of everything wasn’t so rosy. Many times that is simply accomplished with a provocative title for a piece.”