Tom Paiement


Tom Paiement received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine and worked in the aerospace industry before deciding that the creative process could offer him an aesthetic outlet that was missing in his mathematical and scientific work. After earning his M.F.A. in Printmaking at the University of Iowa in 1985, under the tutelage of Mauricio Lasansky, and subsequently teaching at Hamline University in St. Paul, Tom returned to Maine to paint full time. In the last 30 years, Paiement has exhibited extensively and his worked is owned by private and public collections alike.

“Tom Paiement’s work is vibrant, colorful and powerful. His mechanical engineering background is evident in the detail and craftsmanship of each piece, some of which use aircraft grade safety wire to intricately fasten welding rod or bamboo to plywood surfaces. Paiement modestly explained: ‘In many ways these are very simple’ and consist of a ‘shape here, shape there.’ But don’t be fooled. Nothing about Paiement’s work is simple. Each piece is a testament to the endless possibilities of materials in the hands of a creative visionary.” - Artscope, May / June 2010

Brunswick, ME

University of Maine, B.S., 1965
University of Iowa, M.A., 1982
University of Iowa, M.F.A., 1984


2010 - Tom Paiement: Entropy’s Garden, Art New England, June/July/August

2010 - More Than Pretty, Artscope Magazine, May/June

2010 - Portland Maine Sunday Telegram, February

2008 - Art, Angst Intersect, Portland Maine Sunday Telegram, April 27

2005 - Portland Maine Sunday Telegram, October

2001 - Portland Maine Sunday Telegram, July 15

2000 - Boston Globe, July 13

2000 - Boston Sunday Herald, July 16

2000 - The Beacon Hill/Back Bay Chronicle, June 30

2000 - The Times Record, July 20

1999 - Portland Maine Sunday Telegram, May 16

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018, 2016, 2014, 2010, 2008, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999 - Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME

  • 2003, 2001, 2000 - Arden Gallery, Boston, MA

  • 1996 - Kristina’s, Bath, ME

  • 1992 - Friede and Strauss Gallery, Livermore Falls, ME

  • 1990 - Community Art Gallery, Livermore Falls, ME

  • 1988 - University of Maine at Machias, Machias, ME

  • 1987 - O’Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, ME

  • 1986 - Hamline Gallery, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

  • 1985 - Treat Gallery, Bates College, Lewsiton, ME

  • 1984 - Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA

  • 1982 - The Mitzi Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA

Museums & Public Collections

Bates College, Unum Provident, Delta Airlines, People’s Heritage

John Danostompaiement