About Tom

Tom-Hlas abstract-painter Norfolk-CT

Tom Hlas, Photograph by Howard Romero

As an abstract painter, I work primarily in acrylics and mixed media. My abstract work and often times conceptual titles allow you, the viewer, to draw your own insight and meaning, inspiration, meaning, and joy from the work rather than be influenced by what I may have been thinking at the time.

I was born and raised near the small, rural town of Elberon, Iowa, where I grew up the eighth of ten siblings. I then moved to the Washington, DC area to do postgraduate work, then to Miami, Florida and later to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I now live and work in Norfolk, Connecticut.

Art courses make up only a part of my formal education. I studied drawing and painting at the Montgomery Community College in Rockville, Maryland, early in art career. My diverse educational experiences also include a Bachelor degree in Vocal Music and postgraduate studies in philosophy and theology as well as  on-the-job training in the marketing, graphic design and art reproduction world. These experiences have all colored my artistic work.

I find a kinship and inspiration in the paper cutouts of Matisse, the abstract expressionists, the color field painters, and the print makers and minimalist artists of today. In both 2009 and 2010, I was awarded a one-month artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.

To see my larger paintings and art blog, visit my web site at: http://www.tomhlas.com


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© Tom Hlas 2013 - 2017