Ideas & Ideals

Studio – Teaching – Engagement – Publications


Every decade a new start

“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.”
(Liesbeth Grotenhuis, art historian)

The four careers of Thomas Steven Hageman


As an artist since 1968, he seeks the fusion of past and present, of European and Asian stylistic forms; of tradition with uniqueness


A teacher and organiser at various art academies since 1976, he seeks to integrate classical skills with contemporary insights


From activist to director, he committed to developing an infrastructure for the visual arts and intensifying public engagement since 1972.


As a publicist, he created comic strips in periodicals and albums from 1968. Other work was published in portfolios, books and catalogues. He wrote dozens of policy papers, published opinion pieces and essays on visual art and art history.

This website provides a chronological overview, supplemented by PDFs, videos and links