Named one of the most collectible living artists by Robb Report’s Best of the Best, Tomasz Rut continues to expand the realm of contemporary figurative painting to the limits achieved only by the greatest art masters in history.
Evoking the passion of Michelangelo, the subtlety of Caravaggio and the flamboyance of Rubens, his artwork resurrects the dormant classical tradition of painting in a XXI century tribute to the perseverance of the human ability and spirit, which transcends the ebbs and flows of modern fashions.
Inherent in all of Tomasz Rut’s original oils on canvas, ranging from large scale dramatic allegories to small, sensuous studies, is the artificial patina he adds on surface to create an illusion of an old fresco and accentuate the timeless subject matter. “By this juxtaposition of spiritual versus physical, I hope to convey the quality that transcends time and suggests the eternal nature of our ethical struggle between right and wrong”, says Tomasz, “Hence, beauty and decay, creation and destruction as the woof and warp of my canvases”.
Interestingly, apart from his prominent, mainstream realistic form of capturing his subject matter, TR never abandoned “frivolous” experimentation and satire, as evidenced in a multitude of private sketches and drawings he continues to amuse himself with in his spare time.
Finding and formulating his own distinctive style and method of painting in the early 90-ies, Tomasz gradually abandoned commissioned work and devoted himself fully to painting in his studio. “Before I even had a collection of paintings to speak of”, Tomasz says: “A British art publisher grabbed the few pieces I had laying around and introduced me to the idea and market of limited edition prints. My work was very well received and, shortly, appeared in many galleries on land and on cruise ships, marketed by my exclusive agents and publishers”.
After many years of being represented exclusively by others, Tomasz Rut is now marketing and selling his artwork independently, enjoying direct and personal contact with galleries and collectors.
Today he paints in his studio in Hollywood, FL, a large extension of his home, which he designed and built, showcased in Florida Design Magazine. Among other creative hobbies, Tomasz enjoys working in his garden and gourmet cooking, featured in Miami Herald. He has hosted several collectors’ events at his house, personally taking his guests on a tour of his studio and entertaining them with food and wine from his own kitchen.
* Courtesy of Tomasz Rut Studios