One of Chicago’s great abstractionists, painter Thomas Kapsalis has been an artist and educator since the late 1940s, when he graduated from the School of the Art Institute. A WWII veteran, Kapsalis returned home to continue his pursuit of art-making, eventually returning to Germany in the early 1950s on a Fullbright-Hays Fellowship to study with Willie Baumeister. Baumeister’s works of cubism and impressionism especially made an imprint on Kapsalis’ paintings. “I want to achieve a spiritual equilibrium with my art,” Kapsalis said of his own work.
He has taught at the School of the Art Institute since 1954, and his work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows. Among the honors bestowed upon Kapsalis are Huntington Harford Foundation Grants (1956, 1959); Robert Rice Jenkins Prize, Chicago & Vicinity Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago (1956); Pauline Palmer Prize, Chicago & Vicinity Exhibition, AIC (1960); Mr. & Mrs. Jule F. Brower Prize, Chicago & Vicinity Exhibition, AIC (1969).
L-2-D Figure, 2008
Oil on canvas
30″ x 40″
Gift of the artist