From the Corcoran Gallery of Art to the Taft Museum of Art’s Duncanson Artist -in -Residence to the first local Black solo art show at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Thom Shaw has a remarkable list of achievements, but I believe for anyone who knew Thom up close or at a distance knew his drive – his dedication and his pursuit of truth in all that he expressed. The personal search to communicate clearly what and why, not only with fractured social images like Poverty’s Paradise, but also with his own health developments – The Big Hurt. His solid black and white imagery was clear to any viewer, regardless of opinion. Even in a work like Thugzilla, Thom referenced ideas that were so predominant they had a life of their own.
Thom’s health did interrupt him repeatedly through out his career, but every time he got back up, we were all waiting for that next piece that reminded us that life and the time we have on this earth is sacred and that we must make are mark in the time we have. Tom made his mark on all who knew him and his work. We thank you for sharing your vision with us.
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