Tomory Dodge is a local artist who is making an organized mess of colors. He is an oil painter and occasional collage artist whose work is clearly in order–but is a mess. The way he treats colors is much like crayons in a box that were left in the sun: organized, individualized, yet blending into each other.
Dodge, much like Dion Johnson, has an incredible eye for color and how they can play with each other. The pieces here are some of his “newer” works, completed in 2010 and 2011. Earlier, his work was very representative, using the style you see here with landscapes and still lives. He did trees and tunnels and pieces of land right after disaster struck: places and things that actually lend themselves quite well to his aesthetic and clarify that the way he bends and molds colors is a reaction to representing how light moves across objects and can reshape items with a defined shape.
Beyond just oil works, Dodge also works with collage. The piece below is a fantastic example of how he handles collage, defined lines of patterns and colors, intermixed and layered atop of very different patterns and color. It’s a brilliant transfer between artistic forms of expression and, like the Carl E. Smith collage show from last year, Dodge shows how exciting and weird modern collage can be.
Dodge is represented by Acme, who have a knack for sharing artists of similar scopes. Head over there for more of his work and to see his earlier pieces, too.