Born in Middletown, CT, on September 26, 1934, Thomas A. Nicholas is a successful watercolor artist who has been the co-owner, alongside his wife Gloria, of the Tom Nicholas Gallery since 1965. Specializing in watercolor paintings, he has received over 200 awards both nationally and locally throughout his prolific career, as well as 41 Medals of Honor between 1962 and 2013. First studying with internationally acclaimed artist Ernst Lohrmann between 1949 and 1953, he went on to study at the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1953 to 1955. In 1961, he also received an invitational Greenshields Grant for a two-year independent painting program, where he had the opportunity to paint both in the United States and abroad.
Mr. Nicholas has participated in more than 35 one-man shows spread across the United States, including in New York City, Boston, Washington, California, Florida, Maine, and Texas. The recipient of more than 10 Gold Medals of Honor from the Rockport Art Association and Museum between 1966 and 2007, he also received myriad accolades from the New England Watercolor Society, Knickerbocker Artists, the Watercolor Allied Artists of America, the Guild of Boston Artists, and the Hudson Valley Art Association Inc. Listed in Strathmore Who’s Who, he has also been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Art, and Who’s Who in the East. He has also been featured in numerous museums and public and private collections, including in the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Museum in Montreal, Canada, Adelphi University, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Rockport National Bank, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, which hosts 80 of his paintings.
Prior to delving into art on a full-time basis, Mr. Nicholas taught at the Famous Artists School in Westport, CT, and hosted a painting demonstration given at the Rockport Art Association and Museum. Looking toward the future, he intends to continue painting and displaying his work on his personal website.
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