Pendulum paintings of Tom Shannon

Posted by: Chris Anderson


I’m a huge fan of sculptor & painter Tom Shannon, a gentle genius who turns science into art and art into science. We just posted today his 2003 TED talk showing his gorgeous science-inspired sculptures and his vision for the Air Genie video airship. In the last few months he has returned to a form of painting he invented more than 20 years ago.  He created a mechanized paint dispenser that is suspended on a giant pendulum over a canvas on the floor. Tom sets the pendulum in motion, typically on an oval pathway, and then uses a remote control device to select with careful precision which paints are streamed onto the canvas and in what quantity.

At his Manhattan studio the other evening, I watched him in action. The results are spectacular. He’s given me permission to share some of these images, none of which are up on his site yet. (Apart from the first two, these are details of larger paintings.) They are to be the subject of an exhibition in New York later this year. (Watch this space).

View the images in the Flickr set “New work from Tom Shannon” >>

or watch the slideshow:

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  • Sunny Wall commented on May 14 2009

    I’m a huge fan of sculptor & painter Tom Shannon.i watched him in action.the results are spectacular.This was also a outstanding work keep it up and i’m sure he gave us such a precious work in near future.

  • Acai Berryuk commented on May 11 2009

    It is so new to creations, really he made art to science and science to art!!!!

  • Edward Carter commented on May 7 2009

    I like this kind of page in addition to his talk.
    It would be neat to see the kinetic creation process, though the results are stuning in and of themselves.
    Thanks for showing it.