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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 and Sarria."

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.

Doreanne Donders, 2004

Tom S Hageman was awarded in 2013 to "Knight in the Royal Order of Oranje-Nassau"


Tom S. Hageman

Tom S. Hageman
Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (4 of July 1943). Lives in Groningen since 1961.
Adres: Oude Boteringestraat 63-f, 9712 GE Groningen.
Internet: E-mail:; Website:

1960 - '70
1961 - 1963 and 1965 - 1968 Student at the Academy Minerva where he majored in 'free visual art.' Assignments by a public broadcasting company and several local newspapers (illustrations and season greetings cards).

1970 - '80
In the beginning of the seventies Hageman lives and works in Turkey and travels in Asia. Later, back in The Netherlands, he has been president of the Dutch ‘Professional Association for Visual Artists’ and became a member of the National Council for the Arts. He was the founder of the 'Foundation for Living and Working Spaces for Artists' Groningen (with approximately 80 studios in 7 buildings). In 1977 he became a teacher at the Academy Minerva.
In these years Hageman published several books: "Spillebuik" (comic strip);  "The Revelation of St. John," an album with 30 drawings; "Manuscripts," an exhibition catalogue.
Hageman also had several exhibitions, for example: "Strips" (group, travelling by the Netherlands Foundation of the Arts); "Liberation" (group, travelling, also in the Groninger Museum; "Manuscripts" (solo) in the Cultural Center ‘d'Oosterpoort’ in Groningen and "Apocalyps" (solo) in the municipal 'Güzel Sanaat Galersii' in Bursa (Turkey).
Commissions: various illustrations and a serial of 25 gouaches for the Public Library in Groningen.

1980 -'90
During the eighties Hageman continues to teach at the Academy Minerva, becomes coordinator as well as a member of the faculty. He also continues to be active in national associations for the arts and artists. For example as a member of the council of the national Foundation BKVB (Visual Arts, Design and Architecture).
Hageman develops as an artist and works with several mediums, oil (the series "Erotic Landscapes"), gouache (the series "Rockin' Kimono's") and graphic prints. He creates housestile and posters for the ethnographic museum in Groningen.

1990 - 2000
In the early nineties Hageman works and lives in Prague where he starts as an artist in residence at the Prague Academy of Visual Arts and then is asked to give lessons as a guestprofessor as well.
In 1993 retires from the Academy Minerva. He was founder of the foundation 'Circuit' organising exhibitions in historical churches.
He continues to develop as an artist. He draws the strip, "Der Zauberflote Zweiter Teil" (Music: Mozart; Libretto: J.W. von Goethe). He is creating architectonic design in 'The description of the Freestate Rottum'  He works on his series in oil "The Imaginary City of Prague" and "Natural Histories." He also makes etchings in a series, "The Book of Skeletons." Has several expositions in The Netherlands and publishes in national newspapers and magazines. Becomes an artist in residence in Belgium (Graphic Center in Kasterlee).

2000 - 2010
In commission for Staalbankiers (The Hague, The Netherlands) Hageman creates a diptych on "St. George and the Dragon." He starts working on the series "The Five Senses" (nudes) and portraits. Has several expositions in The Netherlands and Germany. In 2003 he has been an artist in residence in Spain where he has been working on a new series, "The Panorama of Callosa en Sarria."
In 2005 he starts the 'Classical Academy of painting art' in Groningen (Netherlands), a private school which has quickly become a leading institute in the field of traditional craftmanship in the Netherlands.

He starts working on the series "The Seven Deadly Sins", and "the lovelife of Zeus"  and has a lot of exhibitions all over the Netherlands and many publications in catalogi, newspapers and periodicals.
In 2010 he starts the 'Classical Academy of sculptural art'
In 2013 he was royally knighted in the 'Order of Oranje-Nassau' because of special merits in in the field of the arts.
In 2015 he was panellist in 'The Representational Art Conference' (TRAC, Los Angeles, USA). 
In 2018 he organises TRAC2018 in Leeuwarden, Cultural Capital of Europe, together with ILFAS, International League of Fine Art Schools. Participant in 'the Silk Road Inernational Art Exhibition, 2018' Xi'an, China.

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