Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Thomas Cressman

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Thomas Creesman at the Gatov-East gallery! His art exhibition was titled ‘Living Forms’. Thomas is in his fifth year here at CSULB and is majoring in the art of metal. Thomas first started working with metal during his sophomore year in high school. During school, he was always interested in aquatics and marine life. With this, Thomas set out to combine the two things he loved and exhibit here at the galleries.

The art pieces are made using several metals including copper, aluminum, and steel. Thomas uses vivid colors which blends really well with the shine from the metal. This mixture creates a sense of of aquatic display. The pieces of art seem like they are apart of the ocean.

Thomas wants to display the concept of the what actually is the natural world in reference to marine life and aquatics. He was inspired by the different biological organisms and oceanic features of the marine world. He wanted to create art which celebrates both the new discovery and existence of marine life.

I personally thought that Thomas’s art was awesome. His use of metal to draw me in as a viewer left me wanting to see more of his art. I loved the vivid color and the shine of the art work. It’s also cool to see his passion for marine life and how its clearly present in his works of art. If you want to see more metal art and marine biology, check out his Instagram here!


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