Born in 1975, Tom Dash works primarily within the mediums of mixed media painting, collage, photography, sculpture, and mural. Through his time as a lead assistant and fabricator in Richard Prince's studio from 2005 until 2011, Dash developed a keen sense for developing his own style of appropriation in his work while melding pop culture iconography and references from the 1980s and 1990s with his loosely painted backgrounds, emphasizing subject matter over his perceived technique. Referring to this method as “post-production painting,” Dash combined his significant life experiences with his formal training to create his own unique artistic voice to decipher and distill music, film, and other cultural themes.
Dash spent summers in high school taking classes at the Rhode Island School of Design and took classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston thereafter. Playing a role in multiple group shows as well as headlining his own solo shows, Dash has been represented by numerous galleries in the past in addition to starting his own, Dos Mil Gallery, based in Portland, Oregon. His residency in Portland proved fruitful has he developed an affiliation with the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. Dash now resides on the East End of Long Island, New York, where he has maintained his residence since 2004.