Thomas W. Schaller

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Thomas W. Schaller

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Thomas W. Schaller is an award-winning artist, architect, and author based in Los Angeles. As a renowned architectural artist, he received a Graham Foundation Grant and was a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferris Memorial Prize. He has authored three books; the best-selling, and AIA award winner,  Architecture in Watercolor (VNR – McGraw Hill) The Art of Architectural Drawing (J.Wiley and Sons),  and  Thomas W. Schaller, Architect of Light : Watercolor Paintings from a Master – a retrospective of his recent artwork released by North Light Books / F+W Media in 2018. He is in demand world-wide as speaker, juror, exhibitor, author, and instructor in the watercolor medium.  Artist Network Television has produced two best-selling series of instructional videos and DVDs of his technique.

His work is collected world-wide and is part of a number of permanent collections including The Johhan Museum: Shanghai: The Watermark Museum; Fabriano: The Tchoban Foundation; Berlin: The Pacific Arts Foundation; Newport Beach, The National Museum of Watercolor, Mexico City. His artwork has been featured in prestigious International Watercolor Masters exhibitions in over twenty countries including Fabriano in Aquarello – Fabriano, Italy 2016, 17, 18; The Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club 2016, NYC: Master Exhibition of Watercolor; Johhan Museum of Art; Shanghai 2017; Lake-Blue Heaven – Qingdao, China: Schenzhen Watercolor Biennial, China:   Masters of Watercolor; St Petersburg in 2018, He has been a special presenter at the National Watercolor Society, the California Art Club, and the Pushkin Museum of Art, Moscow; and in exhibitions by the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society among many others.

In 2018 he was named a finalist in the 1st Universal International Watercolor Exposition; Shanghai; in 2017, a finalist for the Lynx Prize for Contemporary Art; Trieste. His paintings and writing have been featured in a great many books, magazines, and arts publications including The Artist Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine,  The Art of Watercolour,  Practique des Arts, Los Angeles Magazine, International Artist Magazine, and a series of the books,  Splash: the Best of Watercolor  by North Light Books from 2011 – 2018.

A Signature Member of many arts organizations including the AWS and the NWS,   Tom was recently appointed to the advisory board of American Watercolor and was elected Artist Member of the California Art Club and the Salmagundi Art Club,  NYC.  He is president emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators and a founding member of the group; North American Watercolor Artists.