I aim to create artwork that encompasses our contemporary viewpoint and our essential human nature within the tradition of realism. I believe that wonder is at the heart of any artistic experience. Each of us has private, personal territories, places that are the foundation of our personality, the point from which we view the world, and where we connect with this mystery of wonder. I want people to have this kind of personal experience with my paintings, an experience that reminds them that life is more than it appears on the surface.
Thomas Wharton studied painting at The Art Student’s League of New York, The New York Studio School, The New York Academy of Art, The Grand Central Academy, and The National Academy of Design. His work has won many awards, including The Georgie Read Barton Award, The Katlin Seascape Award, the Windsor Newton Award, and the Richard C. Pionk Memorial Prize for Painting. He has been included in the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon, and his portrait work has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by The Portrait Society of America, where he is a member.
In addition to fine art, he maintained a long, successful career in New York as a designer, illustrator, and art director. From 1990 until he left the firm in 2011, he acted as creative director for the communications agency, Adventure House NYC. In this role, he headed branding and communication strategy for a broad range of clients, including MasterCard, Citibank, The New York Stock Exchange, Cambridge University Press, Lifetime Television, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
He is also a published children’s book author and illustrator, and his children’s book art is included in the permanent collection the the Mazza Museum of International Children’s Book Art. He has shown at the National Arts Club in New York, The Salmagundi Club, the Dacia Gallery, the R.J.D. Gallery, The West Virginia University Art Museum, and the West Virginia Cultural Center. His paintings have been included in American Art Collector, and Poets and Artists magazines, as well as the book, 21st Century Figurative art: The Resurrection of Art. His work can be found in private collections throughout the United States.