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Tom Quinn Kumpf


e-mail:
tkumpf1@mac.com

web site:
www.tomquinnkumpf.com

address:
PO Box 335
72A Private Dr 1685
El Rito, NM 87530

phone:
303-859-5347


Tour Stop #18

fine art photography, documentary, silver gelatin, inkjet/lightjet and encaustic prints

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Artist Statement

Unlike the painter who begins with a blank white canvas, the photographer strives to eliminate the non-essential elements of a scene from the final image. Through light, substance, and composition, we must select and shape reality in such a way that the eye is drawn to the subjective point of the print. The approach is intentional, a highly selective, discriminating, subtractive process.

There is nothing haphazard in what I photograph. I do what I do on purpose. For me, photography is more than a craft, a means of expression, and certainly more than just a hobby. It feeds me, provides balance, and takes up an essential part of every day of my life.

Looking back over forty years of shooting, I see my life as more than just an interesting journey. Our world is full of paradoxes, contradictions, and absurdities. Yet it continues, changes constantly, and because of this, I see, the shutter clicks, and occasionally something of strength, beauty, and understanding is created. It is this process, the participation, that provides the passion that fuels me. With my art, as with my life, emphasis is placed on the pure and simple, the directness of living.

Biography

Tom Quinn Kumpf grew up in a predominantly Irish, working-class neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam and has since worked as a photojournalist in other conflict areas of the world. He is an internationally recognized, award-winning photographer, writer, and poet whose work has appeared in news publications and in exhibitions throughout the U.S., Europe, and the former USSR.

In response to his Irish roots, Tom went to Northern Ireland to document the effects of “The Troubles” on the children there. The award-winning book, Children of Belfast, is his collection of essays and photographs that document the lives of the children he encountered on both sides of The Peace Line. His second book, Ireland: Standing Stones to Stormont, focuses on Irish identity as it relates to Irish history, myth, and the ancient landscape. He is also recognized for being one of the only journalists in recent time to take a serious look at the “Fairy Faith” as it exists in Ireland today. Shot in both color and B&W, the book has won several major awards for writing as well as photography, including the Benjamin Franklin Book Award for best travel essay of 2004.

Today, Tom works primarily in documentary, fine-art, travel, and portrait photography, teaches individuals and group photo workshops, serves as a consultant for photo projects and exhibitions, and acts as a storyteller at Irish festivals in the U.S. His fine-art prints are represented by a number of galleries and agencies while a stock photo library of more than 10,000 photographs provides images to media outlets, businesses, corporations, and individuals worldwide. He is a year-round resident of El Rito and is currently working on a book series made up of portraits he has taken during his forty-year career.

'38 Chrysler

 

'38 Chrysler

'59 Chevy

 

 

'59 Chevy

Cam's Kitchen

 

Cam's Kitchen

Coyte Dreams - Tribes

 

Coyote Dreams
Tribes

 

Feathers & Wood #4

 

Feathers & Wood #4

Pedernal Crescent

 

Pedernal Crescent

Whiskey Dreams - El Rito

 

Whiskey Dreams
El Rito

Whiskey Dreams - NYC

 

Whiskey Dreams
NYC

Martin's Store

 

Martin's Store

Medanales Memorial

 

Medanales Memorial

Autumn Equinox

 

Autumn Equinox

Old Room

 

Old Room

Santo Tomas de Abiquiu

 

Santo Tomas de Abiquiu

Snow Maiden Fire

 

Snow Maiden Fire

Nashville Boots

Nashville Boots

Diablillo de Arroyo

Lead Mare

Old Pickup, Lily, South Dakota

 

Old Pickup
Lily, South Dakota

Grain Elevator, Lily, South Dakota

 

Grain Elevator
Lily, South Dakota

Burren Pony, County Clare, Ireland

 

Burren Pony, County Clare
Ireland

Dunguaire Castle, County Galway, Ireland

 

Dunguaire Castle, County Galway
Ireland

Ceallach, Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

Ceallach, Belfast
Northern Ireland

Respite, Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

Respite, Belfast
Northern Ireland

Foggy Bay II

Foggy Bay II

Mill Pond

Mill Pond
24" x 9"

Near Whiteout

Near Whiteout

September Mist

September Mist

Snow Road to Nowhere

Snow Road to Nowhere

North Pier, Cuba

North Pier
Cuba

New Orleans Staircase

New Orleans Staircase

Cuba Si

Cuba Si

Wild Horses

Ardgroom Stone Circle, Ireland

Ardgroom Stone Circle, Ireland

Zebra on the Seringeti Plain

Zebra on the Seringeti Plain

New Exhibition Series & Book - Skulls

Baboon

Cougar

Lizard

Turtle

New Works – Encaustic Process
(images finished in bees wax and tree resin)

Kyudo Master - Encaustic

Kyudo Master – Encaustic
7" x 5"

Taiko Master, Kitaro - Encaustic

Taiko Master, Kitaro – Encaustic
7" x 5"

Poulnabrone Dolmen, Ireland - Encaustic

Poulnabrone Dolmen, Ireland – Encaustic
14" x 11"

Shiprock - Encaustic

Shiprock – Encaustic
8" x 10"




Sand Hills Winter - Encaustic

Sand Hills Winter – Encaustic
4.5" x 20"

Angel of Lame Deer - Encaustic

Angel of Lame Deer – Encaustic
6" x 6"

Figures - The Hermitage, Russia - Encaustic

Figures – The Hermitage, Russia – Encaustic
10" x 8"

Three Buffalo - Encaustic

Three Buffalo – Encaustic
8" x 12"

Seringeti Lion

Seringeti Lion - Encaustic
6" x 6"

Books

Skulls
cover

Two Sides, book cover

Two Sides
cover

Children of Belfast, book cover

Children of Belfast
cover

Ireland, Standing Stone to Stormont, book cover

Ireland
Standing Stone to Stormont
cover

Montana Faces
cover