About Tom

Tom Hlas, abstract mixed media artist who lives and works in Norfolk, Connecticut. Specialized in mixed media assemblages.

Photograph by Howard Romero

I'm an abstract painter who works primarily in acrylics and mixed media. My abstract work and often times conceptual titles allow the viewer to draw their own inspiration, meaning, and enjoyment from the work rather than be influenced by the my own underlying thoughts and feelings present when I created the painting.

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

I studied drawing and painting with Ken Conley and Laura Conley at the Montgomery Community College in Rockville, Maryland, early in my career. My diverse educational experiences, from a Bachelor degree in Vocal Music and postgraduate studies in philosophy and theology to on-the-job training in the marketing, graphic design and art reproduction world, have all colored my artistic work. I find a kinship and inspiration in the abstract expressionists, 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, Vermont.

To learn more about me and my work, read the interview published in "Happening in the Hills.”

An Overview Listing of Selected Abstract Art Exhibitions.

Solo Show at Loft Gallery
January - February, 2017
"Field and Flora”
New Preston, CT

Group Show at The Mattatuck Museum
January - February, 2016
Waterbury, CT

Solo Show at The Oliver Wolcott Library
November - December, 2015
Litchfield, CT

Corporate Private Solo Show
October - December, 2015
Cartus Corporation
Danbury, CT

Solo Show at The Norfolk Library, Norfolk, CT
September, 2014

My solo show at the Norfolk Library is a wonderful time to share my work with local friends and neighbors. The opening reception is Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. The show consist of my newest mixed media art and will run the month of September. Learn more about my Norfolk, CT exhibit of abstract mixed media paintings.

Exhibited at the 33rd Annual Bruce Museum Arts Festival in Greenwich, CT, on October 11 - 12, 2014. The two linked articles feature,“Fulfillment," one of my paintings.

Norfolk Artists & Friends 6th Annual Show
August 8 - 10, 2014
The annual group show of our local artists’
guild was a big success. Proceeds from the sale of art was donated to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s Music Shed Restoration Fund. I was one of the Connecticut artists who exhibited art at the show.

Solo Show at Historic Butler-McCook House
“Geography of the Heart and Mind”
November, 2013
Butler-McCook House
Connecticut Landmarks
Hartford, CT

Solo Show at Found Gallery
“Recent Work by Tom Hlas”

April, 2013
Millerton, NY

Tom Hlas 2004-2017