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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Wisconsin      Known for: landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
From Wisconsin, Thomas earned his BFA degree from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1964 and his MFA degree from the University of Illinois in 1966. He came to Boston in 1969 after teaching art and design at Cornell University. He maintains studios in Boston and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Artist's Statement

As an artist I feel as if I am in the unique position of being a recorder of my environment. As a painter it is my desire to address those issues of the human experience in relation to how we perceive our surroundings. I attempt to make the environment as inviting and appealing as possible. It is this more enlightened approach to an ambience that I'm most interested in projecting to my viewers. The reaction I want from my audience is "I never saw this particular scene with such a feeling of allure. This place is truly special."

My style of painting is realistic and impressionistic. I choose to paint only with watercolor paint as it is the most challenging medium and requires constant practice and attention in order to produce work of important consequences. I do not use white paint but instead rely on the white paper as my whitest whites. Therefore I must think of what will remain white or lightest on the paper before I begin the painting. It is a reverse process from the method of oil painting. Once an area is covered in paint it is difficult, nearly impossible, to lighten it once again. So it is important that the painting be thoroughly planned before executing it. It must be thought through properly and therefore the preparation of the drawings at the beginning is crucial to the success of my painting. Once this is accomplished I feel confident of achieving a rewarding final result.

The Copley Society of Boston, (achieved "Copley Master" status in 1982)
The New England Watercolor Society ( president 1996 to 1998, currently on board of directors)
Concord Art Association (achieved "Distinguished Artist" Status in 1988)
Cambridge Art Association (member of advisory board)
Privincetown Art Association
Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA.

2000 - General Excellence Award, Distinguished Artists Show - Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
2000 - First Prize for Watercolor - Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA
2000- Honorable Mention - New England Watercolor Society Members Show at Guild of Boston Artists
1998- Honorable Mention - Cape Cod Art Association Open N.E. Juried Show
1995- Juror's Choice Award - Copley Society Spring Member's Show
1993- Best of Show - Cambridge Art Association Winter Member's Show
1991- First Prize - National Small Works Exhibition, Schoharie, New York
1990- Best Watercolor - Cahoon Museum of Art, Cotuit, MA.
1986- Yankee Magazine - Sagendorf Memorial Award

Rebek's artwork is represented in many permanent collections including the Gillette Co., New England Deaconess Hospital, The French Library of Boston, New England Development Corporation, The Boston Stock Exchange, Greater Boston YMCA and several Embassy Suites Hotels. His painting "Richard the Rower" was selected for the Face of America national exhibition in 1994 at Old Forge, New York together with internationally known artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Red Grooms and Philip Pearlstein.

The Boston Connoisseur Magazine, Boston Globe, April 26, 1998 front cover
The Boston Pops poster of 1995 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra
The Roxbury Latin School 350th anniversary 1995 limited edition prints
Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau 1994/1995 Guidebook
Boston Bar Journal numerous front covers from 1990 to present
Where's Boston Magazine front covers in Dec. 1992 and Jan. 1994
The Head of the Charles Regatta 1990 commemorative poster for the 25th anniversary
Townhouse Press extensive line of stationery and greeting cards

The French Library, Boston, MA. May 2001
James R. Bakker Gallery, Boston, MA. April 1995
Concord Art Association, September 1992
Cambridge Art Association, September 1991
South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA. September 1989
The Copley Society of Boston, October 1986 and April 1990

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