H. TOM HALL
H. Tom Hall became famous as a paperback book cover illustrator during the 1970s when historical romances were wildly popular. With 200 book covers to his credit, including such blockbusters as "The Thorn Birds" and "Shanna" which sold multiple millions, He was called the “leading paperback artist in the country” and “a giant in the industry” by New York art directors, who praised him as a superb story-telling illustrator, as well as an exceptionally fine classical painter.
He grew up in Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, studied at the Tyler School of Fine Art, and then completed his BFA degree studying illustration at the Philadelphia College of Art. His first published work was a children’s book with a Japanese theme that he created while in the Army stationed in Japan and sold to Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. For twelve years he illustrated books and magazines for children, until in 1970 he was assigned his first paperback novel cover, for a reprint of Cup of Gold by John Steinbeck.
In addition to book covers, Hall completed commissions for National Geographic magazine, traveling to Central and South America to study pre-Columbian ruins in Honduras and Peru. There he consulted with archeologists to create exact representations of those early cultures. His work was sought for magazines like Reader’s Digest and Saturday Evening Post, as well.
After illustrating for forty years, in his last decade he focused on painting. Subjects have included Pennsylvania landscapes, Chesapeake Bay and Maine maritime scenes, Native American and historical subjects, and his "lovely ladies.”
He has exhibited in group shows in New York City, Salt Lake City, Tucson, Japan, and Pennsylvania. His paintings are in the New York Museum of Illustration, the U.S. Coast Guard permanent collection, the National Geographic Society, the Delaware Art Museum, and many private collections.