Thomas Easley’s bold and iconic style is often described as “Extreme Impressionism.” Using layered acrylic paint on board, the artist
encompasses many different techniques and inspirations, melding traditional styles with new and creating an exciting passionate signature blend that is entirely his own.
Although Easley is completely self-taught, living in Europe for many years provided a unique opportunity to closely examine and study the Old Masters’ paintings, which ultimately shaped and influenced his choices as an artist. In England, he refined his skill as a Classical Realist, specializing in miniature paintings and portraits. An election into the Royal Miniature Society in the mid-1980’s is testament to a rare talent and dedication to perfecting his craft. In Italy, while studying Canaletto and Guardi, Easley embarked upon several new directions, including large-scale architectural landscapes, floral still life, and nudes. Subsequent travels to India, a country rich with mysticism, inspired a delve into Dimensional Realism, Surrealism and highly allegorical works.
Since his return to the United States, a favorite subject has been that of the Wine Still Life, reminiscent of the warmly lit and romantic styles of the European masters. The background color and rich texture, combined with the highly realistic subject matter, evoke many senses and emotions – one can almost taste and smell the wine, while feeling relaxed and romanced at the same time.
Another favorite subject matter for the artist is the Rooster; which is, of course, far more than simply a Rooster. Easley’s interpretation depicts proud creatures beaming with confidence, elegant grace and “attitude” - sure of their role in the world. Easley’s Roosters celebrate life and stimulate a visceral connection.
The artist currently lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and two sons.
Lahaina Galleries is proud to represent the prominent style of Thomas Easley