Kevin Tolman


Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1949, Tolman attended Saturday classes at the Detroit Institute of Art as a youth and was a student at Cass Tech, an arts magnet high school. He is a graduate of the Art School of the Society of Arts & Crafts, also in Detroit. The artist left Detroit in 1977 to paint in Ireland for nine months, returning to live in Texas, where he began showing with the William Campbell Gallery in Fort Worth and had his first one man show with the Nimbus Gallery in Dallas. He also lived in Lawrence, Kansas and Los Angeles before moving to the Ramah Navajo Reservation in New Mexico in 1981. New Mexico felt like home, and he later settled in the Duranes area of Albuquerque, building an adobe house and studio in 1987.

In 1990 he spent a year painting in Arraiolos, a small hill town in central Portugal, and in 1994 he returned to Portugal to work in the coastal town of Ericeira for two months. In the last few years, he has also worked for brief periods in France, Italy, Spain and Sweden, as well as Portugal. Tolman's works are included in many private and corporate collections. The Albuquerque Museum purchased a large canvas for their permanent collection and the State of New Mexico also purchased a large painting for their Acclaimed Artist Series, Art in Public Places program. Recently two Mexican museums have included his work in two separate exhibitions and HGTV purchased three paintings for their 2010 Dream Home. Tolman currently works in a variety of mediums including drawing in pencil and caran d'ache, and painting with acrylic, mixed media and collage on canvas or paper. These works are organic abstractions and often based on observation of nature.

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