Thomas Whichard (b. 1985, Rock Hill, S.C.) has recently had solo exhibitions at Beam Gallery in Dallas, N.C., and the McLaurin Student Galleries at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. He has participated in numerous group shows in Rock Hill; Dallas, N.C.; and Columbia, S.C. Whichard is the recipient of a purchase award from the Gaston County Museum of Art and History in Dallas and a commission from Winthrop University. He received an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Gaston College in Dallas. Whichard resides in Fort Mill and is pursuing a BFA with concentrations in painting and sculpture at Winthrop University.
Statement of support:
Much of Whichard’s work depicts a seemingly close relationship to the subject in shallow space – space that is rather undefined. The subjects seem familiar yet at times inscrutable despite their apparent proximity. The angle of a figure’s chin, averted glances, along with textures of hair and washes of fabric communicate a sense of longing, achieving a deceptive feeling of intimacy. The images reference everyday media. They suggest a fleeting moment captured as part of a narrative that unfolds mainly outside of the image presented. The artist’s hand is present in the direct, tactile manipulation of the imagery, emphasizing the subjectivity of perception and memory.
Frank McCauley, Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter