Tom Hlas Telling the Stories:
Abstract Narratives

Tom Hlas is an abstract painter who works primarily in acrylics and mixed media. He creates vibrant abstract paintings that reflect his world with a rich boldness in both color and composition. He says his art is informed by his memories and current thoughts, and by the colors and sights around him, especially the ever-changing sky and rural landscapes. He refers to his paintings as a geography of the heart and mind.

The concept of home is very important to Tom in his work: home as a place where he grew up, home like the many places he’s lived since, home where he lives now, home as a sense of belonging, home as hospitality and welcome to others.

Tom was born and raised near the small, rural town of Elberon, Iowa. His journey to Norfolk, Connecticut was a circuitous one that included a variety of cities – Miami and Philadelphia to name a few – and different studies – drawing and painting, a Bachelor degree in Vocal Music, postgraduate studies in philosophy and theology as well as on-the-job training in marketing, graphic design and art reproduction. All these paths have colored his artistic work. The show runs through April 25.

Tom has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout New England. In 2009 and 2010 he was awarded a one-month artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Besides his studio practice, he also teaches art courses at the West Hartford Art League. Visit his website at

Opening Reception to meet the artist: Thursday, March 7, 5 – 7 pm


Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street