My approach to making art is rooted in my design training. Believing the solution often comes from the problem, I allow each project to evolve naturally, without forcing preconceived ideas or forms. As a result, I have produced work ranging from corporate identity programs, college view books and packaging to exhibitions of photography, mixed media and ceramics and most recently, works of public art. Disciplines which I used to keep separate have, over the years, merged and mingled into a set of skills I call upon, often in combination, to solve various projects.
My recent work is multifacted and drawn entirely from my own experiences, be it a personal quest to learn about my father, a US Marine killed in Vietnam, my attempt to connect with a new home in a foreign land or my response to the current wave of gun violence in America. Working in series to develop a narrative and fully explore the subject, my work often explores place, memory, history and the forgotten or discarded. Looking back is often a way to understand, to connect with and to move forward. My work is about process, about connecting and seeing. I think we often look without seeing. For me, seeing takes time, patience and experimentation. My process of making art requires the same.
Tom Hubbard’s work spans a variety of mediums and blurs the lines between the disciplines of photography, ceramics and graphic design in which he is trained. Equally comfortable with a camera or found objects, kiln or encaustic wax, Tom creates multifaceted works that are uniquely his own and often bridge the past and the present, the personal and the historical. Informed by his background in graphic design, and believing that the solution often comes from the problem, Tom allows each body of work to evolve naturally without preconceived ideas or forms. With projects ranging from limited edition books to gallery installations and public art, Hubbard moves confidently between both the fine art and design studios. Hubbard’s work has been exhibited widely in both the US and The Netherlands. From Chicago to New Orleans, Washington DC to Amsterdam and Den Haag, Tom’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums and is included several private and corporate collections. Tom Hubbard was born in San Francisco, CA and received a BFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. After nearly five years in Europe, Hubbard currently lives in Northeast Ohio with his wife and their two children.
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