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Named one of the most collectible living artists by Robb Report’s Best of the Best, Tomasz Rut continues to expand the realm of contemporary figurative painting to the limits achieved only by the greatest art masters in history.
Evoking the passion of Michelangelo, the subtlety of Caravaggio and the flamboyance of Rubens, his artwork resurrects the dormant classical tradition of painting in a XXI century tribute to the perseverance of the human ability and spirit, which transcends the ebbs and flows of modern fashions.
Inherent in all of Tomasz Rut’s original oils on canvas, ranging from large scale dramatic allegories to small, sensuous studies, is the artificial patina he adds on surface to create an illusion of an old fresco and accentuate the timeless subject matter. “By this juxtaposition of spiritual versus physical, I hope to convey the quality that transcends time and suggests the eternal nature of our ethical struggle between right and wrong”, says Tomasz, “Hence, beauty and decay, creation and destruction as the woof and warp of my canvases”.
Conceived during the XVII Olympic Games in Rome, Italy, at the Olympic village by Tadeusz Rut, an Olympic athlete and medalist, and his wife, Wanda, an artist and art teacher, Tomasz was born in Poland in 1961 and displayed his extraordinary talent since early childhood.
While drawing and painting in search of a definitive form of expression, upon returning to settle in the U.S., Tomasz briefly employed his skills working for Biltmore House in Asheville, NC and on several mural conservation projects throughout the Eastern U.S., which included the prestigious Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the State Capitol in Trenton, N.J., Vizcaya Museum in Miami, FL and the Society of Four Arts Library in Palm Beach, FL.
Within the following few years, his attention shifted to executing large scale decorative projects with many well known interior designers for numerous prominent Palm Beach and South Beach estates, including Mr. Gianni Versace, Mr. Abe Gosman, Mrs. and Mr. Melvin Simon, Mrs. and Mr. Martin Gruss, to name the few. “I must say I was quite taken by the splendor, aesthetic challenge and vast scale of some projects”, recalls Tomasz: “It took one year, eight assistants and approximately half million dollars worth of 24 Karat gold leaf alone to turn one of the estates into a trompe l’oeil (deceive the eye) European palace”. “After this, I knew I could paint anything, in any style, anywhere, with anything and on anything”, he adds jokingly, but not without merit.