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Tomasz Rut

tomasz rut portrait

"I look for inspiration in the humanistic tradition of classical art. My canvases express the entire spectrum of human emotions from exhilaration and cheerfulness to contentment, melancholy, pain, and agony," explains Rut (pronounced root), who now resides in Hollywood, Florida.

Encouraged by his mother, a painter herself, as a child Rut was introduced to the Pompeiien Frescos and the magnificence of the Renaissance and the Baroque, which today inspire his stunning oil on canvases and sweeping murals. These masterful illusionary works, both in scale and splendor, evoke the harmony and form of the master painters, including the flamboyance of Rubens, the finesse of Caravaggio, and the emotion of Michelangelo. Rut’s imaginary figures - centaurs, fauns, muses, and winged creatures - colorfully burst from the canvas with the grandiosity of Olympian Gods in active and dramatic poses.

"Rut’s mural size paintings are contemporary conversions of the classical vocabulary variously continued by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and Rubens," explains Dorothy Keane-White, Art Curator & Director for Northwood University. "In making them he returns us to antiquity by a double detour. First, he sets in motion the charming unreal apparatus of the Quattrocento mise-en-scene, and more importantly its heroic nudity, vigorous modeling, expressive anatomic structure, powerful movement and fascinating physiogamy. Tinged with sadness, his super-human youths play once more on Arcadian pipes - a motif also reprised by Matisse.

Alternatively, he offers us impossible delicate, gracile females - ‘still unravished bride(s) of quietness’ - delimiting them with sylvan togas and braided tresses. Nor does he leave rearing steeds, which in the grand manner represent humanity’s turbulent passions."

Trained in Art Conservation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Rut continued his education in New York City at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and at Columbia University in Manhattan. He eventually took a job in art conservation for the Biltmore House in RutAsheville, North Carolina, traveling the east coast restoring large scale murals in museums and mansions for such clients as the Smithsonian Institute and the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, DC, the New Jersey State House in Trenton, and the Gusman Center for the Arts and Vizcaya Museum in Miami.

It was during these travels he began to notice the void of high quality monumental figurative paintings from the past that one could purchase and invented a style that was aimed at filling this void. Here Rut created his aged style of cracked canvasses and murals that mimic so eloquently Italian frescoes and figurative oils. "The one element evident in all of my paintings is the superficial patina or aging," which Rut creates with a variety of transparent and semitransparent glazes. This process creates the illusionistic and expressive beauty of each mythical figure.

"My paintings give people the ability to learn, respond, and feel comfortable with the classics," Rut says. "This gives me enough satisfaction to keep working for a lifetime."
Tomasz Rut

alla breve
Alla Breve
alla sentio
Alla Sentio
allegro
Allegro Spirito
ambiante
Ambiante
ex amo
Ex Amo
ex animo
Ex Animo
ex interno
Ex Interno
fidis
Fidis
fiero
Fiero
furiose
Furiose
gentile
gentile
giovinezza
Giovinezza
gratia
Gratia
helenica
Helenica
impresa armosa
Impresa Armosa
in sieme
In Sieme
leda nova
Leda Nova
manu forti
Manu Forti
maximo
Maximo
nexus
Nexus
nunziata
Nunziata
oratoria
Oratoria
permirus
Permirus
proxima
Proxima
sentio
Sentio
quo vadis I
Quo Vadis I
quo vadis II
Quo Vadis II
si vero
Si Vero
suspire
Suspire
three graces
Three Graces
tranquilita
Tranquilita
unica II
Unica II
veil of truth
Veil of Truth
vel prece
Vel Prece
vocalisa
Vocalisa