The Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery will present works by Tom Acosto on May 20th during ArtWalk.
Artist Tom Acosta was born in Iaeger, West Virginia, the fourth of seven children of a Mexican-American coal miner father and an American mother of Scotch-Irish heritage. With the exception of a high school art class, he is entirely self-taught. Though his early work has a nostalgic, Rockwellish feel to it – as if Acosta were trying to recreate for himself the mythical American childhood that he never had –as it has evolved, a starkness and severity has emerged, aligning it more closely with such giants as Andrew Wyeth and Winslow Homer.
“I’m drawn to the seasons of fall and winter, when everything’s dead,” says Acosta. In his home, he is able to hone in on his life themes; Heritage of the coalfields; Historical architecture of the state of West Virginia; and Mythical journey of his own life – -among them, the omnipresence of God and the reality of death, two themes that are often not played out in austere, rural landscapes.
Throughout his career, Acosta’s work has been an emotional exploration of his own background as the American outsider, first as a Mexican-American living in coal mining country, and again as a person from the Appalachian Mountains living in a larger context of mainstream American culture