I have bent, turned, carved and fabricated wood, combining it with accompanying materials, into sculptures for over forty years. My work includes large indoor sculpture installations, site-specific outdoor sculptures, and gallery-scale sculptures, as well as paintings, drawings, and prints. My work often has socio-political themes but woven together with a pointed sense of humor. Roaming second-hand shops for objects that speak to me is a way of entering a dialogue with myself, and an entrance to my work. Incorporating objects that have the patina of use or a handmade quality into my sculptures is like tying time and communities together.
Tom Gormally (Seattle) has been exhibiting his sculpture for over forty years, including at The Nelson-Atkins Museum (Kansas City, MO), Katonah Museum (Katonah, NY), Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, IA) Ulrich Museum (Wichita, KS), Blanden Memorial Art Museum (Fort Dodge, IA), Heidi Cho Gallery (NY, NY), Marcia McCoy Gallery (Santa Fe, NM) and the Morgan Gallery (Kansas City, MO.)
Gormally has created site-specific installations for sculpture invitationals in the United States and Belfast, Ireland. In the Seattle area he has exhibited at Cornish College of the Arts, Bellevue College Gallery, Bellwether Sculpture Exhibition, Solomon Fine Art, Lead Gallery, Method Gallery, and most recently at Spaceworks Gallery in Tacoma, Washington.
Tom Gormally received his BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and also attended California College of Arts and Crafts. He then earned his MFA from Wichita State University. He is an NEA grant recipient for sculpture, as well as a 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship recipient. His work is in private and public collections including SAFECO, Chemical Bank of New York, and the Blanden Art Museum, Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Tom is a partially disabled Vietnam-era veteran and the father of three men he is very proud of. He lives in Seattle with his wife, artist Malayka Gormally.