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J. Thomas Mulder

J. Thomas Mulder was born in Salt Lake City in 1939. He is a landscapist known for his desert themes painted in acrylic. His paintings are noted for their rich application of paint and simplified forms. He lives in Salt Lake City.

Mulder attended Nizam College in Hyderabad, India and earned a BA from the University of Utah in 1957. He also attended the University of Illinois, the University of California at Fresno, and earned an MFA from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1977.

Mulder has been represented by Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake and has exhibited his work at the Utah Arts Festival. Chile and Tomatoes is an example of his work. Acqua Pura (1991) is featured in the Springville Museum of Art permanent collection. Patterns, Santa Fe (1987) was featured in the Springville museum of Art spring salon.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

Thomas J. Mulder (1939-). This Salt Lake City artist first became known for stylized southwestern subjects. He grew up in Utah and, as the artist stated it at the time, “spending many years in southern Utah and northern Arizona, I have strong feelings and affinity to the land. So a growing interest in the people is logical.“ Mulder's works are strong simplified compositions in acrylic that partake of color suggestive of his regional theme. Today, he simply allows his most natural feelings about western land and people to direct his brush, and the results are stunning in their rich and honest expression. Tom Mulder's works are as deeply grounded as perceptions of place in paint as the works of his father, William Mulder (University of Utah Professor Emeritus), have been over the years in their way.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah

Newspaper Articles

"A Celebration of Art & Soup." The Deseret News, April 20, 2003.

"An Arty, Leisurely Walk On A Short Pierpont Avenue." The Deseret News, January 15, 1989.

"Art Auction Will Aid Wilderness Coalition." The Deseret News, October 3, 1993.

"Art Calendar." The Salt Lake Tribune, June 30, 1991.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, March 24, 1996.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, February 6, 1994.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, June 20, 1993.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, March 21, 1993.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, April 15, 1990.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, January 14, 1990.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, January 8, 1989.

"Art Canvass: Fair's Art Winners." The Deseret News, September 16, 1990.

"Art Fest Grows Up." The Salt Lake Tribune, August 6, 2001.

"'Art is for Everyone' at Cosgriff Art Festival." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 18, 1999.

"Art Notes: Mixed-Media Show Opens at Kimball." The Salt Lake Tribune, July 7, 1991.

"Art Notes: Time to Take a Gallery Stroll." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 10, 1991.

"Art Treasures Offer Possibilities For Treasure Christmas Gifts S. L. Area Exhibit Tailored To Fit Many Holiday Budgets." The Deseret News, December 11, 1988.

"Artistry Doesn't Dry Up In Summer." The Deseret News, July 12, 1992.

"Artists Plan Festival to Aid the Hungry." The Deseret News, February 4, 1994.

"Climate Right For Visual Arts in '88 – At Least 14 Galleries Opened." The Deseret News, January 8, 1989.

"Creative Process." The Deseret News, August 7, 2001.

"Coming Up: Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 30, 1997.

"Coming Up: Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 24, 1996.

"Coming Up: Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 6, 1994.

"Double Viewing Pleasure AT Kimball Gallery." The Deseret News, June 28, 1992.

"Exhibit At 4 Galleries Are Well Worth The Visit." The Deseret News, March 6, 1994.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, November 1, 1998.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, April 5, 1992.

"Hard-To-Find Galleries Are Worth The Effort: Loge, Repartee, King's Cottage Offer Mare Than Art." The Deseret News, May 13, 1990.

"New Exhibits Are Framed With Element of Surprise." The Deseret News, June 19, 1994.

"Participating Artists." The Deseret News, March 31, 2002.

"Park City Galleries Use Artful Wiles." The Deseret News, September 1, 1991.

"Participants in the 2003 Color of the Land Art Exhibit." The Deseret News, July 17, 2003.

"Regular and Feature Artists Give Park City Gallery- Hoppers A Treat." The Deseret News, September 9, 1990.

"S.L. Exhibit Offers Distinctive Gifts At Affordable Prices To Brighten Yule." The Deseret News, December 15, 1991.

"Show & Sell: Artists and Craftspeople Get Plenty of Exposure At Fairs, Festivals." The Deseret News, August 15, 1993.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, December 27, 1998.

"'Small Packages' Contain Lots of Beauty For Art Lovers." The Deseret News, December 6, 1992.

"Visual Treats Galore This Weekend At Park City's Festival, Galleries." The Deseret News, August 7, 1988.

"Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, June 5, 1992.

"Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 22, 1992.

"Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, December 8, 1991.

"What Does It Take For An Gallery to Weather The Storm in Park City." The Deseret News, June 9, 1991.


Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

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