about Tom


Tom Greaves is an Ohio-born mixed media artist who has been living in Washington, DC, since 1984. He has recently exhibited work in shows curated by Transformer Gallery, BlackRock Center for the Arts, the Washington Project for the Arts\Corcoran, the DC Arts Center, the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, the American Visionary Art Museum, Edison Gallery Place, Annmarie Gardens and Arts Center, and artdc Gallery. His controversial 2007 installation “The Compliment Machine,” created for the show SiteProjects DC, received national and international media coverage, including an appearance on the Today Show (August 1, 2007). The Compliment Machine is currently on display at the Katzen Arts Center in the show Catalyst: 35 Years of Washington Project for the Arts. In addition to gallery and event exhibitions, Tom’s art career includes commissioned paintings, sculpture, and functional art for homes and businesses.

Tom’s portfolio of work explores perception and perspective; he frequently flattens the world he sees through his camera or on canvas, later reanimating the images into a re-interpreted three-dimensional world. He frequently experiments with new materials and motifs, and he immerses himself in different environments in order to expose himself to as many views and ideas as possible. Tom’s artwork—and the process he uses to create it—is a continual exploration of the dichotomies inherent in the human experience.

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