KEVIN TOLMAN

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Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1949, Kevin Tolman attended classes at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Cass Tech as a youth, and he is a graduate of the Art School of the Society of Arts and Crafts, in Detroit. In 1981 he moved to the Ramah Navajo Reservation in western New Mexico. Feeling at home in the Southwest, he later settled in a north valley area of Albuquerque, building an adobe house and studio in 1987. In 1990 he spent a year painting in Arraiolos, a small hill town in central Portugal, and in the years since he has continued to work when traveling in Europe, Mexico, and most recently, South America. 

For over four decades, Kevin Tolman has been exhibiting his work in galleries, museums, and universities across the United States, where his paintings are included in numerous private, corporate, and public collections. His work has also been exhibited internationally in Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, England, and Portugal. A Tolman canvas is included in the Albuquerque Museum’s permanent collection, and his work now hangs in the collections of the New Mexico State Capitol, and the University of New Mexico. 

Tolman works in a variety of mediums including drawing in pencil and caran d’ache, and painting with acrylic, collage and mixed medias on canvas or paper. These are abstract works primarily influenced by the natural world and much informed by a sense of place. He does no preparatory drawings prior to starting a painting. These works are created slowly in layer after layer, and it is by taking risks and paying attention to the chance circumstances that arise during this process that each piece is allowed to reveal it’s individual direction and character. The artist can often be found working under the trees at a large easel next to his studio near the Rio Grande.

 

Born 1949 in Detroit, Michigan

EducationArt School of the Society of Arts & Crafts,
Detroit, Michigan 1970         

Solo Exhibitions:

2017            New Works, Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2016            New Works, William Campbell Contemporary, Fort Worth, TX

2013            Recent Works, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    New Works, Robert Kidd, Detroit, MI

2011            Recent Works, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010            New Works, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009            One Man Show, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Canada

                    Art Santa Fe, Wm. Campbell Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

                    One Man Show, Sara Smith Contemporary, Albuquerque

2008            Recent Works, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2007            New Abstractions, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006           One Man Show, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Canada

       One Man Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe

       One Man Show, Sara Smith Contemporary, Albuquerque

2005            Recent Abstractions, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                   One Man Show, William Campbell Gallery, Fort Worth

2004            Rite of Spring, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    One Man Show, Sara Smith Contemporary / Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM

2003            One Man Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2002            One Man Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    Spotlight: Kevin Tolman, Dartmouth Street Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

                   One Man Show, Dartmouth Street Gallery, Albuquerque

2001            One Man Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    Tolman, Dartmouth Street Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2000            Recent Abstractions, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    One Person Show, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Forth Worth, TX

1999            Kevin Tolman, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1995            One Person Show, Cydnie Maiss Gallery, Reno, NV

1993            One Person Show, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

1991            One Person Show, Galeria Cine Teatro, Arraiolos, Portugal

1990            One Person Show, Dartmouth St. Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1987            One Person Show, Dartmouth St. Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1980            One Person Show, Nimbus Gallery, Dallas, TX

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2016            Creative Transition, Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2015            Kevin Tolman and Bret Price: Recent Works, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    Nature of Color, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    Rhythm and Hues, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2014            In the Abstract, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2012            New Mexico’s Own: The Abstract, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    Fall Preview: New Works, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM    

                    Recent Works preview/Sculpture Garden, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2011            Tour of the homes, ARTFeast Annual Event, Santa Fe, NM   

                    Eighteenth Annual Red Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010            Kevin Tolman and Janet Lippincott: PERSPECTIVE, Karan Ruhlen Galllery, Santa Fe, NM

                    ARTFeast Tour of Homes, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009            Albuquerque Now-Fall, Albuquerque Museum of Art, curated by Andrew
                    Connors, Albuquerque, NM

        15th Anniversary Exhibition, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

        Red Hot Group Exhibition, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    LA Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center, Gallery Jones      

                    Miniatures Show, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque

                    Art Journey: New Mexico, Peterson-Cody Gallery, Santa Fe

2008            The Small Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, N

                   Miniatures Show, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque

                   Art Santa Fe, Wm. Campbell & K. Ruhlen, Santa Fe

2007            The Big Show,  Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    AAF,  Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

                    Seeing Red, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    Two person show, Blink Gallery, Boulder, CO

                   Miniatures Show, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque

                    Albuquerque Abstract, Sara Smith Contemporary, Albuquerque

2006            AAF,  Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

                    ARTScottsdale,  Karan Ruhlen Gallery, AZ

2006            The Power of Red, Santa Fe, NM

                    Group Show, Museo de Arte e Historia, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

        Group Show, Sara Smith Contemporary, Albuquerque

                    Group Show, Galerie Art Mayence, Mainz, Germany

2005            AAF Contemporary,  Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Pier 92, New York

                    Group Show, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Chihuahua, Mexico          

                    between the words, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

                    Emerging Artist ‘05,  Scottsdale, AZ

2004            10th Anniversary Exhibition, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    The Art of Giving, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2003            Small is Beautiful, Karan Ruhlen Gallery,  Santa Fe, NM

                    AAF,  Pier 92, New York, NY

                    Albuquerque Contemporary 2003, Albuquerque Museum, NM

                    Abstract Art: NM Artist Series,  Anderson Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

                    Group Show, Exhibit 208, Sara Smith Contemporary, Albuquerque, NM

                    Amour del Rojo, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    ART Santa Fe, Anderson Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

2002            Heart of Winter, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                    Palm Springs International Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

                    AAF,  Pier 92, New York, NY

2001            Inaugural Exhibition, Buschlan Mowatt Galleries, Palm Desert, CA 

                    & Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

                    Abstraction 9, Dartmouth Street Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

                    SITE Unseen II, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2000            Miami 2000, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Miami, FL

                    Red, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1999            Vital Signs,  Dartmouth St. Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1998            Group Show, Dartmouth St. Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

                    Three Person Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1997            Rock, Scissors, Paper, Anderson Contemporary Arts, Albuquerque, NM

                    DSG Visible, Dartmouth St. Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1996            Three Person Show, Copeland Rutherford Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

1994            12 NM Landscape Painters, Dartmouth St. Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1993            Southwest Drawing, Wenniger Gallery, Boston, MA

1992            Recent Works, Two Man Show, Dartmouth St. Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1990            The Art of Albuquerque, Albuquerque Museum

1988            Group Show, Kron-Reck/Raw Space, Albuquerque, NM

1985            10th Anniversary, Nimbus Gallery, Dallas, TX

1978            Southwest Works on Paper, Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, TX

Selected Honors & Awards:

2004                Tamarind Merit Award, Albuquerque Museum

2003                Permanent Collection, Albuquerque Museum

1996                Cover, Psychology of Abnormality, Harcourt Brace

1995                Permanent Collection, New Mexico State Capitol

1991                Poster, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Albuquerque

1990                Cover, Visitors Guide, Albuquerque, NM

1989                Cover, Santa Fe Opera Program, Santa Fe, NM

1978                Akard St. Banner Competition, Dallas, TX

                        Cover, Vision Magazine, Dallas, TX

Publications:

2013                Exhibitionism, Pasatiempo, May 10-16, 2013 p. 66

                        Gallery Openings, THE Magazine, May, 2013 p. 36

                        Gallery News, The Collectors Guide Weekly Art News

2012                New Mexico Artist Showcase, Santa Fean, June/July, p.68

                        Art in Preview, Pasatiempo, August 24-30, Douglas Fairfield

2010                For Locals Only, Santa Fe Trend, Fall/Winter, P.27

2009                Exhibitions, Pasatiempo, September 11 – 17, 2009

            Gallery Preview, THE Magazine, September 2009, pg. 36

            A Fresh Start, Julie Sanders Home & Design, Fall, 2009, image pg. 121

Humanity and Nature, Kate McGraw, The Albuquerque Journal North, 9/2009

2008                Keiko Ohnuma, Having Your Heart in It, The Sandoval Signpost, June, 2008

2007                Karan Ruhlen Gallery: The Power of Red, Kathryn Davis

                        The Santa Fean, January/February, 2007, pg. 47.

2007                Gallery Guide, The Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe/North, February 9, 2007, S4.

2007                Comings & Goings, Pasatiempo, February 9-15, 2007, pg. 85.

2006                Art in Santa Fe, (image), Local Flavor, December 2007

                        Works of 2 Duke City artists on exhibit in SF, Wesley Pulkka,

                        The SundayJournal, April 30th, 2006, F5

                        Gallery Preview, THE Magazine, April 2006

                        New Works, Albuquerque Journal North, April 28th 2006, Gallery Guide S4

                        The Power of Red, Albuquerque Journal North,  Feb. 10th 2006, Gallery Guide

2005                Artists & Exhibitions,Santa Fean, March 2005, pg. 54

                        Emily Van Cleve, “Nature and the Magnificent Landscape Inspire Artists at the

                        Karan Ruhlen Gallery”, FOCUS, June 2005

                        Gallerywise, Pasatiempo-Santa Fe New Mexican, March 18-24 pg 38

                        NM Best of the West, SouthwestArt, March 2005, pg. 66

                        Ongoing Exhibits, Albuquerque Journal North, March 25, S5, March 31st, 6

2004                Guy Cross, THE Magazine, September, Artists’ Studios Section

                        Zane Fischer,THE Magazine, Critical Reflections, May, pg. 53

                        Wesley Pulka, Albquerque Journal, March, Arts Section.

2003                Stuart Ashman, Abstract Art: New Mexico Series, book published by Fresno.

                        Tracy Dingmann, Modern Works In The City, Albuquerque Journal, July 20

2002                James Crotty, Kevin Tolman: Modern Aesthetic Theory, THE, September, pg.51         

                        Lisa Polisar, Abstracts search for order in chaos, Crosswinds, July 2002.

                        Wesley Pulka, Abstracts have Depth, Substance, Albuquerque Journal, July 7,

                        Wesley Pulka, Drawn to Abstraction, Albuquerque Journal, January 4, 2002,

2001                Deats, Suzanne, Tolman Reaches for Logic,  Albuquerque Journal, July 20,  pg 6

                        Pulka, Wesley, Abstract Evolution, Albuquerque Journal, April 15, 2001 pg. F5.

                        Arts Review, Albuquerque Journal, April 15, 2001

2000                Mary Caywood, Arts Review, Dallas Morning News, February

                        Kevin Tolman Preview, Art Now Gallery Guide, June 2000      

                        Robert Nott, Tolman’s Early Brush with Indefinable Shapes, Pasatiempo, August

1999                Marck Caywood, Art and cocktails, Dallas, August 1999.

                        Mahler, Richard, The Capitol’s Art, New Mexico Journey, July/Aug. 1999, pg 14.

                        Robert Nott, Brush with Indefinable Shapes, New Mexican,

1998                Emily Van Cleve, Trio of Painters, Pasatiempo, January

Selected Collections:

            2009 HGTV Dream Home, Sandia Park, NM

            Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

            The Albuquerque Museum

            M. D. Anderson Cancer Treatment Center, Houton, TX                       

            Contract Associates                                        

            First American Mortgage                                  

            Venetian Hotel, Macau

            Palazzo Resort, Las Vegas

            Hyatt Hotels                                        

            Aero Space Corporation                                  

            Union Pacific

            Mutual of Ohmaha

            Harcourt Brace

            Bank One

            Neiman Marcus, Dallas, TX

            Charter Mortgage

            New Mexico State Capital Foundation Collection, Santa Fe,  NM



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