Thomas McAnulty, b. 1942, received his BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and his MFA from Indiana University. He has been an artist and recognized teacher for thirty years, creating a vast array of work in a variety of media, from liturgical pieces, to sculpture and relief, to drawing and painting.
McAnulty’s work is about the simple act of looking and trying to clarify the subtle and complex relationship we have with the things we habitually overlook but with which we are deeply connected. He is drawn to simple common objects- a peach, a bottle or a table, and using a variety of materials and working in the a several techniques, including relief sculpture, charcoal drawing and painting, McAnulty present his subjects stripped of unnecessary elements while retaining their essential and archetypal features. The resulting work, is arresting in its gorgeous simplicity and its ability to capture the very essence of the object and its connection to the viewer.
McAnulty has exhibited widely, including extensively in New York and has work in many private collections. In addition to several awards for his sculpture, he has also received a number of commissions. He has also done several ecclesiastical works and installations and has exhibited his work at major liturgical venues. He is a retired professor emeritus at Adelphi University and teaches every year in Florence, Italy.