Tad Day was born March 21, 1945 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Connecticut and upstate New York. He attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa from 1963-67, where he studied with John Gordon. He moved to New York City in 1967, and studied at the Art Students League with Andrew Lukach and Marshall Glasier. Mr. Day was an original member of the Street Painters, a passionate group of painters with a commitment to "feelism" who lived and worked in New York City. Their many exhibitions dating back to 1978 include the Pace University Gallery, Lever House Gallery, Peekskill Museum and Baruch College.
Alice Neel writes in the first Street Painters catalog, May 17, 1981:
“The vitality and life of the ‘Street Painters’ is against the empty pretensions of today, feeling is considered important. When one enters a room full of street painters, the gaudy reality of today comes to life and living itself becomes important.”
Mr. Day exhibited widely throughout the 1970’s – 1990’s with the Street Painters and the Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, creating paintings whereby “knowledge and intuition, inspired by nature, combine to produce a greater sense of reality”. He died on October 22, 2005 in New York City.
Lever House; World Trade Center; Office of the Manhattan Borough President; Educational Alliance Art Gallery; Pace University; Baruch College; Brooklyn Law School; Adelphi University; Peekskill Museum; Arts Council of Orange County; Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center; Broome Street Gallery; Ingber Gallery; 47 Bond Street Gallery, Jeffrey Leder Gallery; Westbeth Gallery; Po Kim Gallery.
Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA (Permanent collection)
Corporate collections: Contact:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Deborah Day
Amerada Hess Corporation 320 E. 57th Street #13D
Private collections New York, NY 10022