No. 178 (2013)
Acrylic painting by Thomas D. Colgan


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 17 × 21 × 1.5 in (framed) / 16 × 20 × 0.5 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold framed
  • Signed on the back

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Thomas D. Colgan

United States

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Early Acrylic Works
These early works in acrylic explore texture, color, simplicity and chaos.

- Original Painting
- Acrylic on Canvas
- 16" x 20"
- 1/2" Canvas Profile
- Varnished with Gamvar
- Signed on Back (Verso)
- Black Canvas Floater Frame

Signing the Work
Also due to the abstraction, much of my work can be hung upside-down or sideways. Signing the work in the traditional lower right corner would not only be a distraction in the paintings, it would also prevent owners from hanging the work in the orientation they prefer. For this reason, paintings are signed on the back (signature verso).

Painting Titles
Most of my paintings have a degree of abstraction, and thus have many possible interpretations. Viewers often describe a scene which I had not intended to convey. I soon realized there is a dialog between artist and viewer which titling the works with specific language would stifle. Thus, the painting titles are simply numbered sequentially.

I varnish all of my acrylic and oil paintings with Gamblin Gamvar, providing a protective semi-gloss surface — easily and safely removed with odorless mineral spirits.

Materials used:

Acrylic on Canvas, Gamvar Varnish

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