Biography


A highly respected art conservator practicing in Roxbury, Connecticut, with experience restoring fine oil paintings from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, Tom Yost translates the techniques of the masters into contemplative landscapes for modern viewers. Born and raised outside of Portland, Oregon, Yost has had a lifelong appreciation for art that began in childhood. He attended Oregon State University and graduated with a degree in geology, leading to a decade-long career in the oil industry. In 1988, he decided to pursue his artistic passion professionally and moved to New York City to apprentice in his brother’s well established art conservation business. He opened his own studio in 1990, and relocated to Connecticut in 1998.

Yost has received honors from the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust in Woodbury, Connecticut, and was invited by the Connecticut Arts Council to exhibit his paintings in the Connecticut State Capitol Building. His work may be found in museums and prestigious private collections, and has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the New Britain Museum of American Art and Questroyal Fine Art.

I continue to be drawn to the dramatic vistas of the Hudson River Valley. The layering of the mountains and the hills carved out over time present an ongoing challenge and inspiration for me. Almost any viewpoint along the river or in the nearby valleys is worthy of my attention. This is a place where human development has done little to alter the natural environment. Similarly, the Litchfield Hills in northwestern Connecticut remain relatively undisturbed. I can walk in any direction from my home in Roxbury, Connecticut, and find a landscape begging to be painted. The farms and land preserves are plentiful, and the peace and serenity they provide remind me of why I choose to live and paint here.

The challenge of creating realism in landscape painting is an ongoing commitment for me as an artist. The composition and geometry of spatial relationships that are presented to me in a landscape are always the impetus for choosing a view. Starting simply before introducing detail allows me to maintain those fundamental geometric forms that my eye finds, while at the same time permitting me to develop precision and realism in the finished state. My goal is to let the viewer feel that he or she could walk right into the painting, to experience a sense of that place as if standing there. I hope that my paintings evoke feelings and memories, and are more than just strict copies of the landscape.

Awards and Honors
July/August 2016 Litchfield Magazine, “Litchfield’s Most Influential 2016: The most influential, giving, talented, interesting people in Litchfield”
December 2009 New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, 40th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, first prize for Thunderhead, oil/acrylic award for Thunderhead
November 2007 New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, 38th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, first prize for Fields on Toplands Farm
October 2005 Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, Woodbury, Connecticut, Four Seasons of Flanders Benefit Gala, featured artist
April 2004 Chambers of the State Senate Majority Leader, Connecticut State Capitol Building, Hartford, Connecticut, solo exhibition, organized by Connecticut Arts Council

Collections
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut
New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut
Private collections
Town of Roxbury, Connecticut

Solo Exhibitions
2018 Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York, Tom Yost: At the Edge of Truth, May 11–June 2
2015 Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York, At the Threshold of a Dream, The Hudson River: Tom Yost, A Modern Realist, October 30–November 21
New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, Tom Yost: A Modern Realist, May 15–September 27
2012 Behnke-Doherty Gallery, Washington Depot, Connecticut, Captured Moments: Landscape Paintings by Tom Yost, September 27–November 11
2010 Behnke-Doherty Gallery, Washington Depot, Connecticut, Light’s Subtle Touch: The Changing Seasons of the Litchfield Hills, Landscape Paintings by Tom Yost, November 5–December 19
2008 P. H. Miller Studio & Gallery, Woodbury, Connecticut, Autumn 2008 Solo Exhibition, Featuring Original Paintings by Tom Yost, September 5–October 22
2006 P. H. Miller Studio & Gallery, Woodbury, Connecticut, Local Horizons: New Works by Tom Yost, April 1–May 16
2004 Chambers of the State Senate Majority Leader, Connecticut State Capitol Building, Hartford, Connecticut, organized by Connecticut Arts Council, April
Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, Connecticut, Recent Work, March 6–28
2002 Minor Memorial Library, Roxbury, Connecticut, Diverse Landscapes: Winter in Roxbury, Summer in Abiquiu, October 5–November 14
1996 Carole Peck’s Good News Cafe Gallery, Woodbury, Connecticut, Atmosphere and Light, May–June

Juried Exhibitions
2014 Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, Connecticut, New England Landscape Invitational, September 26–November 7
2013 Kent Art Association, Connecticut, President’s Show, July 21–September 2
2009–10 New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, 40th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, December 20, 2009–January 3, 2010 (first prize; oil/acrylic award)
2008 New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, 39th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, November
2007 New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, 38th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, November (first prize)
2004 Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut, The Connecticut Vision 2004, September–November

Group Exhibitions
2017 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, Splendor Gala, October 21
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut, First Look/New to the Collection, March 26–May 14
2014 New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, 14th Annual ART Party of the Year Spring Gala, May
2013 New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, 13th Annual ART Party of the Year Spring Gala, May
Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Milford, Connecticut, Exhibition and Sale of Fine American and European Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture, April 15–25
The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, At Our Best: An Exhibition and Sale of Paintings by Connecticut Artists, 1830–2013, February–March 30
2012 The Cooley Gallery, Norwalk, Connecticut, Fairfield Antique Show, December 1–2
New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, 12th Annual ART Party of the Year Spring Gala, May
2011 Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Milford, Connecticut, Exhibition and Sale of Fine American and European Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture and Prints, October 17–27
New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, 11th Annual ART Party of the Year Spring Gala, May
2010 Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, Connecticut, Lake Waramaug Observed, August–September
Minor Memorial Library, Roxbury, Connecticut, Images of the Roxbury Land Trust, June–July
New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, 10th Annual ART Party of the Year Spring Gala, May
Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Milford, Connecticut, Exhibition and Sale of Fine American and European Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture, April 12–29
Owen Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida, Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, February 13–26
2009 The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, Holiday Exhibition, December
New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, 9th Annual ART Party of the Year Spring Gala, May
2008 Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Greenwich, Connecticut, Exhibition and Sale of Fine American and European Paintings, Drawings, Prints, and Sculpture, October 27
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, Woodbury, Connecticut, Flanders Benefit Auction, October
The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 19th Annual Holiday Exhibition, November 2007–January
2007 Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, Woodbury, Connecticut, Flanders Benefit Auction, October
2006–7 P. H. Miller Studio & Gallery, Woodbury, Connecticut, Black Tie, November 2006–January 2007
The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 18th Annual Holiday Exhibition, November 2006–January 2007
2006 Booth Free School, Roxbury, Connecticut, Fall 2006 Auction, September
2005–6 P. H. Miller Studio & Gallery, Woodbury, Connecticut, Black Tie, November 2005–January 2006
2005 Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, Woodbury, Connecticut, Four Seasons of Flanders Benefit Gala, October (featured artist)
2004–5 P. H. Miller Studio & Gallery, Woodbury, Connecticut, Black Tie, November 2004–January 2005
2004 Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, Woodbury, Connecticut, Flanders Benefit Auction, October
P. H. Miller Studio & Gallery, Woodbury, Connecticut, The Modern Landscape, May–June
2003 Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, Woodbury, Connecticut, Flanders Benefit Auction, October
Potter & Slack Fine Arts, New Preston, Connecticut, Winter in August, August–September
Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, Connecticut, Members Show, April
2002 Potter & Slack Fine Arts, New Preston, Connecticut, Winter in August, August–September
1997 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York, Landscapes, August
Holland and Wilson Fine Art, Bedford, New York, May–June

Publications
Tom Yost: At the Edge of Truth (New York: Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, 2018).
“Litchfield’s Most Influential 2016: The most influential, giving, talented, interesting people in Litchfield,” Litchfield Magazine (July/August 2016).
At the Threshold of a Dream, The Hudson River: Tom Yost, A Modern Realist (New York: Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, 2015).
Tom Yost: A Modern Realist, Paintings of the Litchfield Hills, 2000–2014, intr. by Douglas K. S. Hyland (New Britain, CT: New Britain Museum of American Art, 2015).
“Tom Yost’s ‘Captured Moments’ at Behnke-Doherty Gallery, Washington, CT,” The Country and Abroad (September/October 2012).
Tracey O’Shaughnessy, “Yost Offers Wintry Balm with Summery Paintings,” Republican-American, September 28, 2011.
“Tom Yost’s Landscape Paintings at Behnke-Doherty Gallery in Washington Depot, CT,” The Country and Abroad (winter 2010 – 2011).
Jaime Ferris, “New Show: Landscapes by Tom Yost,” Litchfield County Times, November 12, 2010.
“Tom Yost: On the Edge,” American Art Collector (November 2010): 158.
Jack Coraggio, “Yost’s Neighborly Visions,” Litchfield County Times Magazine (September 2008).
Tracey O’Shaughnessy, “Tom Yost,” Connecticut Magazine (April 2008).
Tracey O’Shaughnessy, “Get Real: Roxbury’s Tom Yost Has Mastered a Higher Level of Truth in His Most Recent Works,” Republican-American, April 9, 2006.
“Destination Woodbury: Tom Yost’s Work as a Conservator of Famous American Art Brings a Classic Feel and Longevity to His Paintings,” American Art Collector (April 2006).
Jaime Ferris, “Local Horizons: Roxbury Painter, Tom Yost to Open Show of New Works in Woodbury,” Litchfield County Times, March 24, 2006.
Tracey O’Shaughnessy, “Study in Contrast,” Antiques and The Arts Weekly, September 16, 2004.
Tracey O’Shaughnessy, “Broken, Now Whole,” Republican- American, May 20, 2004.
David Lombino, “Apprentice No Longer: Lessons from Restorations Fuel Roxbury Artist’s Work,” Litchfield County Times, October 4, 2002.

Tom Yost
North Ridge, 2015
Oil on linen
20 x 30 inches
Signed and dated lower right: Yost 15
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