Thomas Sarrantonio studied Painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where his teachers included Wil Barnet and Sidney Goodman. He also holds degrees in Biology and English. His paintings have been exhibited widely and he is the recipient of numerous honors including a Pollock-Krasner Award and a Visiting Artist Residency in Normandy, France. He teaches in the Art Department at SUNY College at New Paltz and lives in Rosendale, New York, with his wife and children.
The paintings of Thomas Sarrantonio seek to mediate between realms of external perception and internal reflection. They present themselves as meditations on nature and self. Choosing humble, often overlooked subject matter, such as the overgrown grasses at the edge of a field, he attempts to translate the dynamic processes of Nature into the stasis of physical matter on a painted surface. Small works are produced directly from Nature while large paintings are studio productions that utilize memory, experience, imagination and conceptual ideas to negotiate the terrain of contemporary painting. The paintings are offered to the viewer as templates to provoke active participation in the process of seeing and quiet contemplation of the mysteries of consciousness.
Prices for Tom's work currently available at the gallery range from $225 for small unframed works on paper to $1,200 for the largest of the oil on panels (12 x 14 inches.)