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Todd Snyder

oil, charcoal, graphite, acrylic, silverpoint


I refer to my work as "Industrial Surrealism" as it is based on the area's heavy equipment manufacturing history. To draw the viewer into narratives with no resolution, I combine images of  equipment like tanks, cranes, trains with local urban/industrial landscapes in ambiguous situations. My methods are on-site drawings (if possible) and digital pictures of my subjects to create a dynamic composition on paper which is then transferred to the painting surface in various ways - usually drawing the image on canvas, fixing the image, and then over-painting in oil. Although I don't rigidly follow this procedure every time, I like to remain free to change the composition if necessary. Since 1989, my work has been accepted into approximately 250 juried regional, national and international exhibitions and have garnered many awards. My influences are the Surrealists, especially Dali, Paul Delvoux and Giorgio De Chirico. I admire the German New Objectivity of Otto Dix in particular.


Todd was born and raised in the Peoria area and could draw from an early age. He graduated East Peoria Community High School (1978). From 1984 – 86, he attended The Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver, Colorado, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Art. Todd worked in commercial art after returning to the area but quickly discovered he was a frustrated fine artist. Primarily self-taught, he studied independently with an interest in adopting the techniques of the Old Masters and some contemporary masters.

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