56" x 46" Mixed Media on Canvas
©Tom Hlas 2014. All rights reserved.
Abstract Mixed Media Paintings
I refer to my paintings as a geography of the heart and mind. Often times my paintings are informed by memories, thoughts and musings. At other times, my paintings are inspired by colors around me and by nature, particularly the ever changing sky and the rural and urban landscapes.
My work is about a sense of place, particularly a place where one can go to belong and to be at home. Perhaps that's why having an experience of depth, of going into the painting, is so important to me.
One can readily see an element or symbol that’s a part of my mark making is a circle which in turn morphs into meandering squiggles, dots, arches and bowl shapes. The circle is a primal mark denoting creation, infinity, unity and wholeness with its sacredness and sensuality.
I find inspiration in childhood memories, family stories, rural life and my Czech heritage. I find a kinship in the abstract expressionists and color field painters of yesteryear as well as the print makers and minimalist artists of today.