Tom Howes‘s mixed media work inserts an unexpected and humorous element to an otherwise sterile image. He appropriates vintage images and intervenes them, be it with cut-outs or acrylic, to produce witty and cynical collages. Most of these images seemingly remind us of shows such as Father knows best; a conservatively dressed woman, a baseball player, a priest… images of the lost post-war Americana of the 50′s that is now tainted with social and economic realities. To these nostalgic images, Tom Howes adds his own sense of now.
Tom Howes graduated from Western Michigan University, Gwen Frostic School of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Emphasis in Painting/Drawing. He recently won the Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative Grant, Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and Honorable Mention at the Muskegon Museum of Art. He lives and works in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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