Today we’d like to introduce you to Tom Liguori.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
As CEO of National Pen, I had two functional roles: research and development and marketing. I had to use both my right and left brain, combining creative thought and strategy. After National Pen was sold, I looked to develop some hobbies that I didn’t have time to pursue during my career, so I started with acrylics on canvas but wanted to create something different with a unique selling proposition. I discovered cell art and took six years of research and development to develop a resin that would give me the effect I was looking for. That was the start of my visual arts career.
Please tell us about your art.
I have two distinctly different types of art. The first is cell art. My process is to add a variety of chemicals to make a gallon of resin and then add pour it out into separate containers with the different colorant in them. I then make multiple pours of the resin on canvass all the time manipulating the canvass to enlarge or elongate the cells as they form. It is a wonderful and exciting process and really gets the creative juices flowing.
The second process uses holography and I typically start with a large glass plate about three square feet and coat it with a heavy metal called Ammonium Dichromate. Once the plate is coated, it has to cure for about a week and then it’s ready for exposure over a three-dimensional model with exposure to laser light. After exposure, the plate is developed and if all conditions non-movement were met, the plate will have a beautiful three-dimensional image on it. Then, it must be sealed and becomes the substrate or canvass upon which acrylic paints are added. Most recently, I have been experimenting with new pieces that combine both unusual art forms.
I believe holographic art is a visual metaphor of life. That is, how you interpret what you see, largely depends on the angle at which you view it. So, each person’s view of reality will change dramatically if simply change their point of view.
In addition to the pure joy it brings to produce the art and have others enjoy it, I love that fact that the sale of my work goes to help others. Any time any one of my patrons looks at a piece of art they have acquired, they can take special joy knowing that the money hasn’t gone to the artist, but rather to help other people on their life’s journey. The world family of 7.6 billion people is here for only a limited time only to be replaced by the next generation of people. So, for right now, we are all in this together and have the opportunity to help one another for this brief moment in time.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can find my artwork on https://www.tomliguori.com/
- Website: https://www.tomliguori.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tomliguoriart/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TomLiguoriArt/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomliguoriart