from the Grosse Pointe News, November 29, 2007.
Twisted, subversive and flat-out brilliant. That's how the work of artist Tom Carey has been described. His art is something everyone should see, nobody understands…yet everybody wants. Tom Carey was born and raised in Detroit. He showed an early interest in drawing, and was especially fond of creating monsters and robots. "I wanted to be a superhero when I was five," Carey said, "But when I realized that it was not an easily attainable career goal, I choose the much more practical, and economically rewarding, vocation of visual artist." Carey attended Wayne State University, receiving his Bachlor of Fine Arts in 1996. After graduation, he began showing his artwork at the Willis Gallery and the Weber Building in Detroit. He moved to Philadelphia in 1998 and completed a Master's of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. In 2002, he had an artist's book purchased by the Print Collection at the New York Public Library. He returned to Michigan in 2003 and continues to produce paintings, prints, drawings and ceramics. Carey's inspiration's for his works include Mayan hieroglyphics, Silver Age Comic Books (especially the work of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee), and '70s black and white horror magazines. His quirky style elicits a variety of responses, including harsh criticism. "I take it with a grain of salt," Carey said. "I incorporate criticism, good and bad, from my peers into my own interior critique of my work." Carey explains that his favorite work is, "whichever piece is currently sitting on my easel or drawing table, unfinished." He believes that his greatest accomplishment in art is teaching his daughter how to draw, and learning from her at the same time. His pieces from 2000 to the present can be viewed at University Liggett School, 1045 Cook, Grosse Pointe Woods. The show will run through Dec. 21. The gallery is open during normal school hours, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., or on evenings when there is a scheduled school function.
By Luke Eckstein, ULS Sophomore