Evoking the style and sensibilities of the golden age of posters, Thom Reaves creates paintings with a flair for the classic. Thom holds as his icons some of the masters of poster design: Cassandre, Cappiello, Colin, and Brun.
Born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1966, Thom has felt an affinity for his hometown which often shows up in his artwork. In the early work of his poster style, he used the name of his city as a springboard; melding the name with familiar words that served as the basis for his many poster designs. These led to other types
of location-based art, and then onto portraits, where his graphic style lent itself to representational figurative work.
Thom earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Utilizing his training in graphic design, he then worked for many years in the sign industry.
In 2004, Thom was diagnosed with the mood disorder called bipolar illness and it affected his art by establishing his point of view. Thom strongly believes that his art is a gift that is meant to uplift and inspire others and as such he has dedicated himself to focus on these very things. Fueled by his lighthearted view
of the joy of life, Thom mixes his love for classic design with bright colors and smiles to express his ideas of whimsy and wit.
Thom’s work is part of many private collections and he has exhibited his art in group and solo shows in the US and abroad. Looking forward, Thom expects to explore many other avenues for his self-expression, including the current licensing of his art for wall decor and various luxury objects. Wanting to touch the individual, Thom hopes that his art will in some way brighten the day of all who view it.