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Thomas Vroman Mid century Illustrator

September 24, 2014

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Born in Olean, New York, Thomas Vroman went on to attend the Beaux Art School in Paris, graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began a career of painting, which has won him numerous awards from art organizations around the world. In 1974, along with Norman Rockwell, he was chosen as one of the thirteen leading contemporary artists in the United States. Here’s some illustrations he did for Colliers Magazine in 1956.

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During World War II, Tom applied his artistic talents to highly unique projects needed to fulfill the direct requirements of General Eisenhower, General Bradley, General John Lee and others. He was a member of an elite team assigned to the Intelligence Unit of the European Theatre Headquarters. Tom’s paintings have been selected by the U.S. Information Agency State Department to tour Russia in exhibitions, and his work has been exhibited in France, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. He has taught at the University of the Arts and Temple University. Here are a few of his children’s book covers.

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One of his best known books is ‘A Very, Very Special Day’ from 1963.

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Here’s a taste of some more of Tom’s original work, found selling as a job lot on ebay !

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These christmas themed ones have a feel of Heinz Edelmann‘s ‘blue-meanies’  for the Yellow Submarine cartoon for The Beatles.

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Five daughters have inspired Tom’s illustrations and the texts for delightful children’s books, and his intricately detailed paintings have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Holiday, McCall’s, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Venture and many others. He has co-authored a book entitled Design Sources and Resources. He has had many feature articles published in graphic art publications and he continues to work for leading industries.  By far his most well loved book has to be that of ‘Alexander’ the naughty, imaginary horse that arrives to teach a lesson.

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As an artist, designer and businessman, Tom worked in New York City for many years early in his career. He founded Thomas Vroman Associates as a Design and Marketing Communications firm. Striving to find a unique creative environment, Tom relocated the business to the bucolic setting of Gaines, PA. He housed the firm in a quaint barn-like building, updating it with the latest equipment and technology. He fulfilled his vision of being able to offer clients high quality design and communication support on a cost effective basis. Using sophisticated technology, Tom eliminated the barriers of distance and time to support the needs of clients, regardless of their locations.

Here’s an interesting article from the Olean Times Herald from back in 2009, and many thanks to The Stowaway Star site for their info on Thomas.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2014 10:15 am

    Another really interesting post, full of beautiful illustrations, thank you. I especially love the walking elephant on the cover of ‘an elephant is not a cat’ and the mischievous nature of Alexander the imaginary horse.

    • September 24, 2014 10:18 am

      Thanks Tiff, it’s fab work isn’t it. Makes me smile.

  2. September 24, 2014 11:56 am

    I love the illustration for Jonathan and his dragon and of Alexander the imaginary horse but surely he’s an imaginary zebra cos he’s soooo stripy!!! ;o) Another great post!!

    • September 24, 2014 2:17 pm

      Well one might think… but as he’s imaginary he can be whatever you’d like : )

  3. September 24, 2014 5:32 pm

    I still have my copy of Alexander. Love seeing Thomas’s other artwork here. Thanks for featuring his work.

    • September 24, 2014 5:41 pm

      No problem Rachel. I tried to get in touch with Tom but his company doesn’t seem to have a working email address… what a shame I’m sure he’d have loved to see this too. Alexander is a fab book.

  4. J Petersen permalink
    April 19, 2015 2:08 pm

    Sadly my Father, Tom Vroman, passed away on Feb. 7, 2015. He was an amazing Father, Husband, Painter, Illustrator and Graphic Designer. He is greatly missed. I’m glad you are enjoying his work…he was so very talented and truly lived the American dream.

    • April 19, 2015 4:17 pm

      So sorry to hear the news. I love your dad’s work. If you have any other images of his illustrations that I’ve not used and would like me to cover them in a special feature then I’d be delighted to do so. Just let me know and take care in the meantime : )

  5. B. Buckallew permalink
    June 21, 2015 6:15 am

    I have two prints that Thomas Vroman did. One is Old Faithful and the other is Stonewall Jackson. We love them! I have searched the internet to find any information about these two prints. I’m sorry to hear that he passed away. These prints were from my great aunt and I’ve had them in a box for the past 16 years not really knowing what was in there. I would love to have any information about those two prints if anyone knows about them. Thank you!

    • June 21, 2015 8:09 am

      Thanks for your comments, I hope that now you’ve found them again, they may find their way onto your walls for more people to see and appreciate : ) Sorry I can’t help with any more information, good luck with your search.

      • B. Buckallew permalink
        June 21, 2015 1:19 pm

        Yes they are going up on the walls at my son’s home. He and his wife both fell in love with the prints and I’m happy to share with them.

  6. meredith permalink
    July 18, 2017 7:43 pm

    Tom Vroman was my neighbor in Wayland, Massachusetts in the early 60’s My dad, Ted Musto & Tom Vroman were associated with Rust Craft Greeting Cards in Dedham, MA. Tom’s wife Thelma & their daughters were like family. Many original paintings by Tom on our walls — what a great talent!

    • July 22, 2017 5:44 pm

      How lovely to have some of Tom’s originals on your walls Meredith, thanks for your comments and information.

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