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TOMMY FITZPATRICK
at Holly Johnson Gallery through November 28th
by Todd Camplin

I always enjoy the precision and beauty of the hard-edge painting style, but I enjoy
the style even more when the marks are very meaningful. Tommy Fitzpatrick creates
paintings that are not purely abstract geometry, but he incorporates architecture
to act as lattice work for his abstract art work.
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Back in 2004, I was visiting schools all around Texas to look at art programs, when I ran across
Fitzpatrick’s exhibition “Observations, 1997-2004” at Texas A&M Commerce. I saw, what
appeared to be a photograph of a building on the card posted next to the gallery door
and I had to get one of the office administrators to unlock the door.  It opened into a room
of very complex photorealist paintings that were the best I’d ever seen, outside of an art
history book. I lost myself in each little small abstract that the rendered glass seemed to
reflect. The extreme close-ups and angles of the structures made the realist imagery
exciting and vibrant.
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Fitzpatrick’s current show at Holly Johnson Gallery still has some of those interesting angles, but the
Structural Components, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
You don’t necessarily have to be an architect to appreciate Fitzpatrick’s work. I find the painting
Crystal, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
22 x 16 1/2 inches

Find yourself at Holly Johnson Gallery to see Tommy Fitzpatrick’s show “Electric Labyrinth,” which
will be on display until November 28th.