A lifetime of art

Welcome to Ajanta Gallery

Thomas Koether

Artist's Statement

For me, the art of painting is a private expression of love of phenomena — a kind of cross-linking between my mind, my senses, and the world. It is an ascent in the creative process that, like any climb, is a series of consecutive footholds. For me, these footholds are the marks that inform the next act in the process. It begins with "automatic writing" — spontaneous gesture — no preparation, no pre-drawing, and no design. Instead, I let intuition initiate the work, throwing me into the universe of the painting. There are experiments in craft, thought, or subject and they are never redundant. Whether a reaction or a question, these experiments leave behind a footprint of the research.

Ajanta Gallery

Once begun, a dialogue develops between reason and emotion, passion and discipline. This dialogue and this living of the dichotomy in the act of painting are for me, both a sacrament and an obsession. My paintings are evolutionary. I work by addition and subtraction. I work from all four sides. I work with any and all implements — hands, fingers, spray, brush, and extraordinary, heavy impasto, but sometimes my work is thin and transparent. It is the process of engaging the tension between color, edge, line and space, which fills me with deep satisfaction unobtainable from any other source.

Tom Koether's work is represented in collections in Spain, France, Australia, The U.K., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S.A.

ONE PERSON SHOWS

  
2018 Helmuth Stone Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
2001 SRQ ON MAIN, Sarasota, Florida
1996 TAMPA ELECTRIC CO., TECO PLAZA, Tampa, July 1 - July 31, Marilyn Mars, Curator
1995 KOETHER - NEW OILS, Nations Bank Executive Headquarters, Sarasota, Florida
1993 MATRIX, Renegade Gallery, East Hampton, New York
1992 KOETHER, A NEW EDGE, Renegade Gallery, East Hampton, New York
1989 AUSTRALIAN ROCK AND WATER, Gochenhaur Gallery, Delray Beach, Florida
1987 TOM KOETHER, EXPATRIATE PAINTINGS, Curator: Nick Pearson, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY
1988 KOETHER, Recent work from New York, Cape Gallery, Byron Bay, N.S.W., Australia
1986 TOM KOETHER, RECENT PAINTINGS, AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton NY
1985 PAINTINGS FROM EAST HAMPTON, Curators: Dane Dixon and Steve Loschen, Ashawagh Hall, NY
1983 KOETHER, Outback Australian Gallery, Curator: Gate Fynn, 382 W. Broadway, New York, NY
1974 AJANTA GALLERY, New York, New York
1973 St. Croix, Virgin Islands
1972 St. Croix, Virgin Islands
1971 Ars Bar, Ibiza, Spain
1970 Ars Bar, Ibiza, Spain
1969 Ars Bar, Ibiza, Spain
1969 KOETHER, DRAWINGS, Mahogany Inn, St. Croix, Virgin Islands

SELECTED GROUP AND JURIED SHOWS

  
2002 TOM KOETHER, STEVE LOSCHEN RECENT PAINTINGS, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY
1996 Represented by KLABAL GALLERY, 363 12th Avenue South, Naples, Florida
1995 ART FOR LIFE, Juried Voice Auction, Jurors Marilyn Mars, Arts Impact, and Emily Kass, Exec Director, Tampa Museum
1994 SARASOTA VISUAL ARTS CENTER, Autumn Annual, Juror Tiffani Szilage, St. Petersburg Center for the Arts, Exhibition Coordinator, St. Petersburg, Florida
1994 GREATER TAMPA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Executive Exhibition, Juror Marilyn Mars, Arts Impact, Tampa, Florida
1994 KOETHER, ASHAWAGH '94, Loschen, Najdzionek, Strong/Cuevas, Grove, and Briscoe, East Hampton, NY
1992 SOUTH COBB ART ALLIANCE 7TH NATIONAL JURIED ART EXHIB., Juror: Larry Walker, Prof. of Art at Georgia-State University
1991 KOETHER, GOCHENOUR, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, New York
1990 KOETHER, LOSCHEN, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, New York
1990 FICKERA, KOETHER, LAWRENCE, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, New York
1989 FICKERA, KOETHER, LAWRENCE, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, New York
1989 M. CAIN SCULPTURE TOM KOETHER, STEVE LOSCHEN, PAINTINGS, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, New York
1989 DRAWING THE LINE, Curator: Kay Jeffed, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, Murwilumbha, Australia
1989 BLOSSOMS, The Gallery at Bryant Library, Roslyn, New York
1988 HUNTINGTON TOWN ART LEAGUE ANNUAL, Huntington, New York
1988 BEYOND STATUS QUO, The Gallery at Bryant Library, Roslyn, New York
1988 WATER; WATER EVERYWHERE, The Gallery at Bryant Library, Roslyn, New York
1988 EGBERT, KOETHER, LOSCHEN, LAWRENCE, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, New York
1987 EGBERT, KOETHER, LOSCHEN, LAWRENCE, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, New York
1986 PLASTO GALLERY, Mullumbimby, N.S.W., Australia
1986 SOUTHPORT ART SHOW, Southport, Queensland, Australia
1986 GOLD COAST CITY ART INVITATIONAL, Gold Coast City Art Prize, purchase, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
1985 ST. ALBANS COLLEGE EXHIBITION, Honorable mention, Southport, Australia
1985 N.P.U. QUEENSLAND EXHIBITION, purchase price, Cape Gallery, Bryon Bay, N.S.W., Australia
1971 LE CENTER AMERICAN, Paris, France