Everhart painted alongside legendary Peanuts creator Charles Schulz and is the only fine artist educated by Schulz. In 1988, Schultz encouraged Everhart to carry forward his comic strip creations to the fine art form – and to extraordinary results: Everhart's Peanuts related work went on to show in museums and galleries around the world, including a show at the Louvre. Today, Everhart remains the only artist who will ever be allowed to paint any aspect of Peanuts.
The larger-than-life paintings of Tom Everhart straddle the line between the comfortably familiar and a new way of seeing. As the only artist licensed to use the Peanuts™ characters in his art, Everhart utilizes the instantly recognizable image of Snoopy to communicate a new sensibility – one that is at once accessible and exotic. "I want my work to be very inviting," he explains. "I want people to see the attraction in it, and be lured in."
Tom Everhart was born on May 21, 1952 in Washington, D.C. He began his under graduate studies at the Yale University of Art and Architecture in 1970. In 1972 he participated in an independent study program under Earl Hoffman at St. Mary's College. He returned to the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1974 where he completed his graduate work in 1976, followed by post-graduate studies at the Musee de l'Orangerie, in Paris. He taught Life Drawing and Painting, briefly from 1979 to 1980, at Antioch College. This exhibition is greatly inspired by the Artists' years in New York spent with and inspired by fellow Artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, among others.
A landmark gallery in SoHo since 1984, AFA (formerly Animazing) began as an exhibition space specializing in conceptual animation art. Over time, they broadened that scope to include works by renowned Illustrators as well as fine artists. In 2012, in keeping with the momentum of natural development and growth, the gallery revamped their program with new artists, exhibitions and endeavors and renamed it AFA (Animazing Fine Art).