At 25 Terry left a career as a flavor chemist to pursue her fascination with art. She studied painting and sculpture at the Art Students League in New York and the Woodstock School of Art. Expediency lead her to other careers in antique oriental rugs and architectural design which brought her much success. But, it was her search for deeper fulfillment that drew her back to her true passion, creating art. In 2002 while in Mexico, she learned hand papermaking and was captivated by its beauty, ethereal and sensual qualities. As a relatively new medium in the world of art, its undiscovered possibilities and challenges were endless. She continued her exploration and studied Japanese papermaking techniques with renowned papermakers at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. Terry has created her personal vocabulary of symbols, 3D forms and distinctive techniques. “Work that in its stillness has constant movement”
Since 2012, Terry has been exploring abstract drawing. She uses unusual techniques to alter the texture and appearance of the paper. Drawing with pastel, ink, graphite, dirt and tape, she sometimes-pierces, slashes, burns or partially destroys the paper in order to redefine its possibilities. She finds that her drawings and paper art share her preoccupation with abstraction, minimalism, surface and texture. Without a recognizable visual reference, the viewer is invited to make a personal interpretation. Abstraction allows Terry personal expression from a ‘somewhere’ or a ‘something’ referenced from imagination, emotions, dreams or impressions imprinted on her senses.
After moving to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, Terry designed and built her own gallery 13 years ago - The Tomlinson Gallery of Contemporary Handmade Paper Art where she shows her work exclusively. In addition, she has participated in numerous solo and invitational group shows in the US and Mexico for over 30 years. Her work is held in private and corporate collections in the US, Mexico, Canada and Europe.
2012-2015 Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock NY with
2003-2014 Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale NY
2002-2005 Bellas Artes: Centro Cultural “El Nigromante”,
San Miguel de Allende MX
1998-2000 Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende MX
1989-1992 Nicholas Buhalis School of Art, Kingston NY
1986-1989 Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock NY
1967-1969 Art Students League, New York NY
1961-1965 Hunter College, New York NY, BA in Chemistry
Solo and Select Exhibitions
1992 Primrose Gallery, Rhinebeck NY: 'Six Women of the Hudson Valley'
1993 Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock NY:
Solo Show - 'Sculpture'
1997 Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock NY:
'Three Contemporary Artists'
1999 Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock NY:
Solo Show - 'Sculpture'
2004 Bellas Artes: Centro Cultural “El Nigromante”,
San Miguel de Allende MX: Solo Show - 'Papeles Transformados'
2005 Coffey Gallery, Kingston NY: Solo Show - 'Paper Versions I'
2005 Galeria LeNoir, San Miguel de Allende MX: 'Obra en Papel'
2008 Generator Gallery, San Miguel de Allende MX:
'Handmade Paper Messages'
2010 Bellas Artes: Centro Cultural “El Nigromante”, San Miguel de
Allende MX: '45 Huellas en el Nibromate ( 1962 – 2007)'
2013 Wired Gallery: High Falls, NY: 'The Show of Shows'
2015 Gallery Relox, San Miguel de Allende MX: Solo Show - 'Tape'
2005-2016 Tomlinson Gallery, San Miguel de Allende MX:
Solo show each year of new work each year with a different theme
Invitational Group Exhibitions
Jonathan Oliver Strauss Gallery, New York NY
Fourth Street Gallery, New York, NY
Images Gallery, New York, NY
Elena Zang Gallery, Woodstock, NY
Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock, NY
Kleinert Gallery, Woodstock, NY
Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock, NY
Park West Gallery, Kingston, NY
Coffey Gallery, Kingston, NY
Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, MX
Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, MX
Gallery Relox, San Miguel de Allende, MX
Elementos Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, MX
AJA Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, MX
Gallery Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, MX
Centro Cultural El Nigromante, San Miguel de Allende, MX
Generator Gallery, San Miguel de Allende MX
Dog House Gallery, Saugerties, NY
Back Stage Productions, Kingston, NY
Wired Gallery, High Falls, NY
Burnette Gallery, Woodstock, NY
Contemporary Handmade Paper Art by Terry Ann Tomlinson,
Book published 2009, contains 120 pages, in color, of the artist’s work in handmade paper
Catskill Mountain Regional Guide, August 2005: article, 'Conversation
with Terry Ann Tomlinson'
Daily Freeman, Kingston NY, August 2005: 'Exploring Paper'
Woodstock Times, Woodstock NY August 04, 2005: 'Flights of Fragility'
Punto de Vista Magazine, San Miguel de Allende MX, March 2006:
article, 'Terry Ann Tomlinson, Zen and Minimalism'
MV Times, Martha’s Vineyard MA March 5, 2015; article, '
Art of Papermaking Proves to be a draw in Mexico'
2009-2010 International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper
2005-2009 Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale NY
1993-2002 Board of Trustees, Woodstock Artists Association, Chair 1998-2002
1990-1995 New England Appraisers Association
1989-1993 Board of Directors, WAA Chair 1990-1993
education / exhibitions
Terry Ann Tomlinson
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