Tom Hageman

Tom S. Hageman (born in Amsterdam in 1943) studied at the Academy Minerva in Groningen. After finishing his studies Hageman traveled extensively in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India which influenced him in his development as an artist.

In the seventies and eighties Hageman teaches at the Academy Minerva and becomes active as chairman for the National Association for Visual Arts. In the beginning of the nineties Hageman becomes an artist in residence and teacher at the Prague Academy for Visual Arts (Czechoslovakia) and travels in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Ukraine. Here he was inspired to develop the series, “The Imaginary City of Prague”. In the latter part of the nineties Hageman becomes an artist in residence in Belgium where he worked on his series etchings. In 2003 Hageman becomes an artist in residence in Spain where he worked on his series, “The Panorama of Callosa en Sarria.” In 2005 he founded the ‘Classical Academy of fine art’ in Groningen. Later series are: ‘The 5 senses’, ‘The 7 deadly sins’ and ‘the lustlife of Zeus’

The style of Tom Hageman is filled with paradoxes. It is mathematical yet organic, spacious yet flat, monumental and extravagant. All these seeming contradictions merge into a highly personal and magical style in which elements of nature and culture complement one another to form a playful unity. About his art Liesbeth Grotenhuis (curator of the Gasunie artcollection) says,” As a true scientist of life Hageman is intrigued by the laws of nature, deciphering and depicting them in his work in fine detail, thereby showing that these patterns have universal values.”

It can be said that Hageman’s style has been defined by a quest to integrate and synthesize the European ‘classical’ tradition with ‘modern art,’ the illusion of a three-dimensional reality captured on a surface with the appreciation for the inherent beauty of form and color in themselves. In his work one can see that Hageman has also been interweaving Asian, Egyptian and Eastern European elements, making his work a meeting place between east and west. His quest for synthesis of the classical with the modern and interweaving Asian influences resulted for Hageman in the placement of classical values in contemporary light.