Tom Hlas Indigo Plains 500

“Indigo Plains”
Mixed Media on Hand-Stretched Canvas, 32” x 36"
©Tom Hlas 2017. All rights reserved.

Abstract Mixed Media Paintings

I refer to my paintings as a geography of the heart and mind. Often times my art is informed by memories. At other times, my paintings are inspired by the colors and sights around me, especially the ever changing sky and rural landscapes.

My work is about a sense of place, a place where one can go to be at home. With simple shapes (squares, rectangles, circles and lines) I create complex patterns reminiscent of imagined locales and spaces. At times, my work recalls idealized aerial views that one might see flying over rural areas. At other times, my work calls to mind atmospheric environments as if looking through and beyond the clouds.

As a mixed media artist, I find inspiration in childhood memories: my mother and sisters sewing and working with fabric; the men and boys working together in the fields; the rural seasons of the year; my Czech heritage and growing up in a large, extended family. In many unforeseen ways, my move back to rural NW Connecticut from the cities of Philadelphia, Miami, and Washington, DC, has awakened these memories and emotions and they have now found their visual place. . 

I feel a kinship with the abstract expressionists and color field painters of yesteryear as well as the print makers and minimalist and collage artists of today.

Recent and Upcoming Shows

Open Studio - June 10, 2017
(In conjunction with Connecticut Open House Day 2017)

Group Show - February 4 - February 25, 2017
“seeing red”
Artspace 1241
1241 Carpenter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Solo Show - January 7 - February 19, 2017
Field and Flora”
Loft Gallery
10 Main Street

New Preston, CT 06777

Group Show - December 10, 2016
“Local Makers Market”
Loft Gallery
10 Main Street

New Preston, CT 06777

Group Show - November 3, 2016 - January 30, 2017
Infinity Hall Gallery

Norfolk, CT 06058

Group Show - August 5 - 7, 2016
Norfolk Artists & Friends
8th Annual Exhibition

Battell Stoeckel Gallery

Norfolk, CT 06058

Open Studio - June 11, 2016
Open artist studio with an artist talk, along with refreshments, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Part of "Connecticut Open House Day 2016" and "Norfolk Artists & Friends Open Studio Tour.”

Group Show - May, 2016
“The grass is greener”
Artspace 1241
Philadelphia, PA
May 11 - 27, 2016

Award: Visitor’s Selection Prize - March, 2016
Mixmaster Juried Members Exhibition
The Mattatuck Museum, 
Waterbury, CT
March, 2016

Group Show - August, 2016
“Inspiration: Books"
Norfolk Artists & Friends
The Norfolk Library
Norfolk, CT 06058
March 6 - 30, 2016

Group Show - January, 2016 
Juried Members’ Exhibition

The Mattatuck Museum
144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702
January 24 - March 6, 2016

Group Show - November, 2015 
“Local Vision"
Norfolk, CT
November 28 - December 24, 2015

Solo Show - November, 2015
“Landscapes of the Heart and Mind”
The Oliver Wolcott Library
Litchfield, CT 06759
November 5 - December 28, 2015

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Solo Show - October, 2015
Cartus Corporation
Danbury, CT
October 14 - December 3, 2015

Group Show - August, 2015
Norfolk Artists & Friends
7th August Arts Weekend
Battell Stoeckel Gallery
Norfolk, CT 06058
August 7 - 9, 2015

© Tom Hlas 2004-2017