Thomas Gieseke - The Aquarium of Amanthaunta

Thomas Gieseke – The Idea Pit – Artist Profile

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Thomas Gieseke a Kansas City native brings together his imagined world with nuances of the native Kansas City naturescapes to create intricate illustrations. By weaving the compositions of the Surrealist Masters Gieseke idolizes, like Salvador Dalí, with elements of Kansas City nature he explored as a child, Gieseke creates medium-sized acrylic paitings. These fantastical works explode across the canvas to unlock Gieseke’s fantasy.

Gieseke brings twenty-five years of design experience to his illustrations. His long career has resulted in a many collaborations with acclaimed artists. His achievements include cocreating the design for the happy meal box, a feature in the American Showcase of Illustration, and a successful westcoast show in February of 2014 with the Copro Gallery.

“I will sometimes go to bed and get these weird images in my head. Rather than ignore them and go to sleep, I try to hang on to them, to ‘look’ at them, to be awake and dream at the same time.

Once I get the vision planted in my conscious mind, I stumble out of bed and go straight to the studio to scribble it out. Just a scribble, mind you. Shorthand.

The scribbles then go into a folder called the ‘Idea Pit’. Sometimes, I will fish the scribbled drawing out of the ‘Pit’ the next day. Sometimes, it might take up to a year before I do anything with them. And some of them will lie in the folder forever, never seeing the light of day.

Once I decide I like an image well enough, I will start the long, grueling path to get it to finish- refined drawing after refined drawing. The final drawing gets transferred to canvas and the painting begins.” – Thomas Gieseke

Thomas Gieseke - Primadonna

Thomas Gieseke - Doug

Thomas Gieseke - Pie and the Eye in the Sky

Thomas Gieseke - Paterfamilias

Thomas Gieseke - Killer Bees

Thomas Gieseke - Mar de Marte

Thomas Gieseke - Professor Farglebargle's Garden Party

Thomas Gieseke - Problem Child

Thomas Gieseke - One-Eyed One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater

Thomas Gieseke - Pencil Boy

Thomas Gieseke - Future Coal