Thomas Van Auken

Thomas Van Auken documents the austere backdrops of our daily existence, painting places where humanity is implied but not present. He records highways, utility lines, construction sites, and abandoned buildings—symbols of urban development or suburban decay. These observational renderings of commonplace, manmade environments prompt the viewer to look closely at sites we frequent yet rarely notice and raise a simple question, “what really is here in this place that everybody goes to every day?"

I like painting ordinary things and places. I like the way that just observing an ordinary thing can make it remarkable.
— Thomas Van Auken



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