Thomas Van Housen
A former actuary and executive search consultant, Van Housen left corporate culture in 1990 to concentrate on painting. He sold 41 paintings to the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company in 1996. The series, which toured the country for a year, was based on the Moonlight Tobacco Company logo and numerous cigarette pack designs. In 1997 he was selected by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to create a series of paintings on the Hale-Bopp Comet for the departing Chairman of the Grants Committee. For many years Van Housen’s paintings were featured at Gordon, the famed Chicago restaurant, where he sold over 60 works of art to numerous prominent Chicagoans and travelers from around the world. Included among his patrons is a former Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art. In the fifteen years to date, Van Housen has created and sold over 1,400 paintings.
Born and raised in Syracuse, Nebraska, Van Housen graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics.