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In Memoriam - Anthony Gomez

Posted on June 6, 2019

Born in 1933, Anthony “Tony” Gomez was a longtime Creativity Explored Studio artist, working in the studios from 1985 until 2015. His presence in the CE Studios was full of energy, a no-nonsense attitude and a deep focus on his art making processes. As Vanesa Gingold, a CE Teaching artist who worked with Gomez remembers, he was one for “just getting to it.” Gomez passed away at age 86 on March 9, 2019.

Gomez was a versatile maker working across a spectrum of media from colored pencils to acrylics, watercolors to collage. Through his 2-d works on paper he created expansive & textured surfaces with repeating circular marks. His bright color palette was well considered and tended to explore contrasts between warm and cool tonalities. His dark outlined forms pull your eye into the canvas where upon closer view layers of subtle marks emerge.

Gomez’s works were largely exhibited in the Creativity Explored Gallery in shows like Fabulous & Black and White and Read All Over. Gomez’s robust body of work and clear artistic voice was also celebrated in Bay Area Now 7 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Gomez’s essence and personality will be missed in the CE Studios and is captured here by former CE Teacher Vanesa Gingold:

“Tony was an inspiration to me, and I related to his way of working - just getting to it - and his way of dealing with things - going for walks. I related to his wound up energy, the pleasure he took in making, and empathized with his frustrations. He had little tolerance for unfairness, or general nonsense in the studio, which was so relatable. I loved coming in and hearing, "Let's go to work", setting up the press, and putting on my apron.”

Untitled by Anthony Gomez, 2015, mixed media sculpture, 9 x 7 x 2 inches
Untitled by Anthony Gomez, 2015, mixed media sculpture, 9 x 5.5 x 3 inches
Many Colors by Anthony Gomez, mixed media installation, dimensions variable
Untitled by Anthony Gomez, mixed media on chipboard, 26 x 38 inches
White by Anthony Gomez, mixed media on paper, 40 x 26 inches
Anthony Gomez works on a larger than life sculpture at CE II
Anthony Gomez with one of his textile installations
Soft Sculpture #2 by Anthony Gomez, 2015, mixed media sculpture, 18 x 8 x 4 inches

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