About the Artist :: Thomas Adkins

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BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Adkins, a Southbury, Connecticut, and Maine resident, is a graduate of Paier College of Art in New Haven. After graduate classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he has worked as art director and creative director for some of Connecticut and New York’s most prestigious advertising agencies.

Adkins has won numerous awards for his designs, illustrations, and paintings. His work has been purchased by GE, IBM, Kraft, Minolta, Hilton Hotels, Timex, Wendy’s, and other major corporations.

Adkins has exhibited numerously in the Mystic Museum International Marine Exhibition, The Butler Institute Of American Art and The New Britain Museum Of American Art. Thomas has had over a dozen one-man and group shows. Prestigious galleries, such as The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Bayview Gallery, Gregory James Gallery, Greene Art Gallery, and other galleries throughout New England carry his work.

Thomas Adkins is a seasoned veteran of Plein Air painting. Most works begin with on location studies 16” x 20” or smaller. Adkins then composes larger works in his studio, compiling sketches, additional studies and from memory. His most recent works have been completed throughout New England. Focusing on areas in Connecticut and along the Mid Down coast of Maine.

Adkins’ concept of landscape painting is to preserve his emotional reaction to the moods, feelings and perceptions of nature and sharing them with others. “Every good landscape painting should have a sense of what the artist is feeling to a particular location. Every day and every hour there is a different effect that nature has on our senses.”

Artist’s Statement

My paintings spring from a lifelong fascination with the outdoors. This fascination, present even in my earliest memories, has greatly influenced my personal, academic and professional pursuits, and most significantly, my artwork.

The moods, mystery, and atmosphere along with inherent design of nature intrigue me, and I seek to unveil and express those qualities in my paintings, trying to document a specific place and time. What I am looking for is very elusive, that play of light and form along with design, a frozen moment in time. My goal is to share that special time and place. Hoping that the viewer will feel the same emotions that I do.

It is self-evident that the single family farms and working harbors is threatened and rapidly vanishing. Still, there is a physical, emotional, and spiritual that remains evident. I choose to capture the inspiring of what still remains, rather than what has been lost.

Contemporary Realism, my paintings are characterized by the thoughtful process of composition using natures and man-made elements to evoke a true sense of place. They are subtle in color and strong in mood. My paintings are all oils on linen in sizes from 8 x 10 through 40 x 60. Small sizes being produced in Plein Air, and larger ones in the studio from location studies.

Awards & Showings
First Place Lyme Art Association, New England Landscape Exhibition 2016
People’s Choice Award New Britain Museum Of Fine Art 2015
Gregory James Gallery, One man Shows – 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
Gregory James Gallery, Group Shows – 2008 – 2015
Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition-2002 – 2016
Butler Museum Of American Art 2008, 2013
The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport – 2002 – 2016
Bayview Gallery – Brunswick Maine – 2007 – 2016
Hudson Valley Art Association, Annual Juried Exhibition 2013 – 2016
Scott Bundy Gallery – Kennebunkport Maine – 2013 – 2016
Greene Art Gallery-Guilford CT – 2013-2016
Invitational At Old Lyme Art Association – 2012
Cavalier Galleries – 2006 – 2009
Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society Group Show 2005 – 2010
Manchester VT Fine Art – 2007, 2008
P.H. Miller Gallery Group Show -2006 – 2007
Beaux Arts Gallery Group Show 2005
Old Lyme Association 2005-2006 (Connecticut Plein Air Annual Show)
Finalist Artist Magazine Landscape Award 2004
Beaux Arts Gallery One Man Show 2000-2002-2003-2004 – 2006
Beaux Arts Gallery Group Shows 1993 – 2003
Litchfield PS Gallery One Man Show – 1999
Beaux Arts Gallery One Man Show 1998
Wisdom House Gallery One Man Show 1997
New Britain Museum of American Art Show 1997
Goodnews Gallery One man Show 1996
Connecticut State Legislator Group Show 1995
Beaux Arts Gallery One Man Show 1991
New Haven Paint & Clay 1990

In the Collection of:
New Britain Museum Of American Art
Hilton Hotels Private Collection
Timex Corporation
CL Adams Company
Webster Bank
Booth Bay Country Club
Private collection Great Britain
Private collections throughout United States

Affiliations:
Hudson Valley Art Association
Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society
Old Lyme Art Association
Oil Painters Of America
The Salmagundi Club, NYC

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