Featured Artist: Tom Hoitsma!

#75 by Tom Hoitsma 74×60″ Acrylic & Latex on Canvas

We have a mix of art in our home. We love different forms of art and I think they work well together. Paintings can evoke wonderful memories of special places, moments in time. Art makes life more colorful and happy! After 2020, I think ART is something we all need… desperately!

Tom Hoitsma. He paints dramatic abstracts that really pull you in. I love this one, #75 for it’s movement and there is something about it that is so clean and crisp to me. I’m not sure how to eloquently put it into words, but I do know it grabbed me right off.

When I feature a painting, I like to feature available work (this is available, hint, hint!) and I scroll through the artist’s social media and website and when I do, almost always, there is a painting that pops out at me and that’s the one I feature. It doesn’t make it any better than the others, just what strikes me at the time. I think this is striking and cool that it’s acrylic and latex.

See more of Tom’s work via these links:

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Tom Hoitsma was raised in New Jersey pursued a fine arts degree at Skidmore College. While at Skidmore, Tom studied with world-renowned art historian and author Harry Gaugh PhD, who was integral in fostering Tom’s interest and understanding of the abstract expressionist painters.

While still attending college, Tom had the opportunity to intern with the celebrated feminist artist Miriam Schapiro. His experience with Schapiro would change the course of his work and continues to influence his painting to this day. After graduating from Skidmore, Tom worked for the prestigious Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York City.

Working in the SOHO New York art scene of the early 1980s introduced Tom to a huge group of up and coming artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Cindy Sherman and Jenny Holtzer, all of whom showed at The Barbara Gladstone Gallery. However, his primary influences continue to be the abstract artist he was exposed to in college, under the guidance of Harry Gaugh PhD.

In the mid-1980s Tom moved to Dallas, Texas and began to also focus on documentary filmmaking. In addition to his painting, Tom has produced a variety of award-winning music television series including the documentary series, “The Texas Music Scene,” which continues to air throughout the country.

Q U O T E . . .

“I have been most influenced by the work of the Abstract Expressionist painters of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, specifically the “monumental” large scale painting of this genre. In all of my work a sense of the physical is very important. Brush in paint, paint on canvas or wood. The size of the work, the heavily layered paint and the almost sculptural quality of the 4” deep canvases, creates a dynamic visual experience. The goal is to change the air in the room.

Exploring how specific combinations of marks and colors affect me in deeply profound ways is the focus of my work today. I refer to my current large scale paintings as “deconstructed landscapes” and while the starting point is generally inspired by landscape and/or the natural world, the goal is to get to the “feeling” of a specific visual experience.”

-Tom Hoitsma

✍️ Until next time…


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