Tom Bergin

About Tom Bergin

Tom is from Detroit, Michigan, went to Cass Tech High School and graduated with a Commercial Art Degree and Wayne State University, were he earned a B.F.A. in Liberal Arts, Major in Art/Industrial Design.

He has worked at a point of purchase display co., an industrial design shop, and the Department of Justice before moving to Tucson, Arizona.

After working for the UofA as a graphic artist, he went on doing photography, graphic design, illustration and historic map making.

In 1996, Tom started painting in oil and doing oil monotypes on paper which continues to the present. He has been represented in the past by Jane Hamilton Fine Art in Tucson and Karin Newby Gallery in Tubac, Arizona. He has also sold through Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale. He has been a member of Tucson Artist Group since 1996 and done joint shows at the galleries above and many with the TAG group, including traveling shows and two international shows. He was a featured artist in Southwest Art Magazine and at Tohono Chul Gallery. He has participated in many their gallery shows and his works are in private collections and the Tucson Museum of Art. He maintains his website at
Moonsoon Afternoon Monument Valley
Zion Morning Light
Vegas 'Hood' Abstract

Open Studio Tour

About the Process

What I find most intriguing is the ever changing light on the American western landscape. My paintings attempt to interpret this shifting light on the shapes and planes. I have a natural tendency to distill these views of nature into more abstract forms while trying to respect a sense of real place. This struggle between abstract and accurate representation from within is a comfortable tension that keeps art interesting. Most importantly, I feel there is a certain muscularity of energy, a dynamic solitude, in nature that I try to capture in paint strokes. Color and application of the medium reflecting this energy are the prioritizing factors in the end.

The majority of my painting is done on gessoed hardboard panels. I paint in oils with very little additives, usually just linseed oil. My works on paper are also in oil, sometimes using printing inks. The last few years I've been reverse painting on acrylic panels, which then can be viewed from either side, with one side being "painterly" and the other side having a more flattened image.

How to Purchase

Please visit and view the majority of my work there. I do have more than is represented on-line. If you would like to visit and view a specific piece of art, please give me a call or email too arrange a meeting. My studio is part of my home located East of Houghton off Tanque Verde on Tucson’s East side.

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