Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Tatom began his formal art training at the University of Utah from which he obtained a B.F.A. in 1972 on a full merit scholarship. From there, he studied at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1973 – 1976.
Kirk Tatom was one of the foremost carvers of stone in Santa Fe for nearly 20 years. Tatom’s success in sculpture was his unique ability to create unquestionably original abstract avian forms. In 1997 he put down the chisel and picked up the paint brush. And he has again become successful. Tatom is noted for painting the lush green fields and farms of this country – the still, agrarian lifestyle. Tatom gravitates towards the rural where he often finds animals: cows, horses and sheep. In the beginning he strongly identified what he thought of as a “useful” landscape, rich with agricultural resources.
Just as Tatom pays great attention to the craft of his landscape paintings, he heightens their impact with exquisitely hand carved, gold leafed frames built by his father and brother.
Exhibiting since 1973, Tatom has an extensive show history around the country, which includes the Harmon Meek Gallery, Selby Fleetwood, Craighead Green, The Von Liebig Art Center, and the Sardella Fine Art.
COLLECTIONS & COMMISSIONS
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah.
City of Greenville, Greenville, Texas.
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas.
First Union Bank of Nashville, Nashville, Tennesee.
Staats International, Boston, Massachusetts.
Cal-Surance Associates, Inc., Torrence California.
Bruce Lindstrom, IAIA, Denver, Colorado.
James Seitz, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Sam Ballen, La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Arndt and Associates, Tempe, Arizona.
Baptist Medical Center of Oklahoma, Inc., Oklahoma City.
St. Vincents Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
George Michael, California/ London.
Artist in Residence, Sitka Center, Otis Oregon.
Founders Series Recipient, 1993.
PUBLICATIONS Focus (2002,001,2000, 1995,1988) SFE, Summer/Fall 1989 Palm Springs Life, Oct. 1988 Designers West Magazine, August 1987