Notes from the Field: Totally Tommy

April 25, 2011

By Karin Lidbeck Brent

The art of Tommy Simpson will bring you joy, make you smile, laugh and lighten your load–at least temporarily. I recently visited him at his home and studio, both of which display his immense visual creativity, where I learned of his upcoming show at Boston’s Gallery NAGA, April 29–May 28.

How exciting! The show, entitled Totally Tommy, is an eclectic display of Simpson’s imaginative, whimsical and free-spirited world. You’ll see examples of his furniture, rug weaves, quilts, poems and art.

“Candy Lick” by Tommy Simpson

“Frisky” by Tommy Simpson

“Moon Milk Eyes” by Tommy Simpson

“Twist Her” by Tommy Simpson

“Valley of Love & Delight” by Tommy Simpson

“Work of the Soil” by Tommy Simpson

Simpson’s art enlivens the home and expresses his ideas. His art works at multiple levels; three-dimensional art forms inspire discussion while also functioning as a place to sit, sleep, walk or display. This show is a journey into his delightful world of unexpected things–his furnishings incorporate exotic woods, words, pictures, gadgets, amazing carvings and hidden treasures. A closer look is sure to reveal many surprises.

Totally Tommy, Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury St., Boston, (617) 267-9060