Thursday, September 23, 2021

Upcoming Beyond Baroque exhibition - October 2021


The exhibition will include works by:
Deborah Aschheim, Jan Blair, York Chang, Sam Durant, Tm Gratkowski, Kathleen Henderson, Stas Orlovski, Camilla Taylor, HK Zamani, Jody Zellen

Sunday, August 1, 2021

LA Public Library COVID-19 Archives...


I am pleased to announce that my work has been accepted by the Special Collections Department at the Los Angeles Public Library for the LA COVID-19 Community Archive to document life during the novel corona virus pandemic in Los Angeles. Especially pleased that my COVID-QUILT project is part of this group.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Collectors (new or old) you can't beat these deals...great way to collect!

I've been working on this quick collage project for a couple weeks now. Each small (12"x9") collage I spend 30 min (max) and the larger (14"x17") a max of 60min each. I'm also letting them go for very low prices: $100 for the small ones and $250 for the large ones. (contact me directly if you are interested or you can go here to view more:

12in x 9in,
paper on paper
2 Action,
12in x 9in,
paper on paper


The Beginning, 2021,
14in x 17in, mixed media collage on paper

Saturday, July 3, 2021


 COVID-QUILT project: 432 drawings which represent my 432 days in lockdown. April 6. 2020 - June 15.2021 (the day I received my second vaccine shot) plus the additional 14 day waiting period

COVID-QUILT, 2021, 126in x 96in, 432 ink on paper panels on paper

Epilogue-Quilt, 2021, 30in x 22in, 14 ink on paper panels on paper.
(14 day wait period after receiving second vaccination shot. June 15-28)

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Collage as Street Art Residency...

 I am excited to be participating in this project:

Collage as Street Art Residency
Stay tuned for Zoom discussions and a crazy month of collage bombing by yours truly...

Monday, June 21, 2021

The 30 Minute Collage Project...

With all but a little time and no space, I started this project I call "the 30min collage". It helps to have leftover scraps from a kind of zero-waste studio practice. So I start the clock and let the layers and patterns start forming. Here's the first several experiments...

you can purchase here:

1. 2. 3.




1) Be Living, 2021, 12in x 9in, mixed media collage on paper
2) Extended Rights, 2021, 12in x 9in, mixed media collage on paper
3) If She Were The Weight Of The World, 2021, 9in x 12in, mixed media collage on paper
4) After The Chaos, 2021, 14in x 17in, mixed media collage on paper
5) Shifting Patterns, 2021, 14in x 17in, mixed media collage on paper
6) Fading, 2021, 14inX17in, paper on paper

Monday, May 10, 2021

it's a complicated piece...

RESIST (black) / REPARATIONS (white) 
Resist, 2021, 12-1/2" x 9", paper on paper (8 individual 2-sided collages), on wood clipboard 
(mixed media)

Reparations, 2021, 12-1/2" x 9", paper on paper (6 individual 2-sided collages), on wood clipboard 
(mixed media)

Tuesday, March 9, 2021


Honored to be included in the collage Biennial in NYC !
stay tuned for further details. Denise Bibro Gallery 

Paper Delirium, 2017, 60in.x48in.x48in., paper on paper on wood base with mylar. 
(contact gallery for details)

Apathetic Empathy, 2018, 44inx60in, paper, 
(contact gallery for details)

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The COVID-COLORING BOOK and ZINE are finally here!

Two options
the Zine is $10 (8-1/2" x 5-1/2", 20 pages including 16 drawings, B&W)
the Coloring Book is $25 (11"x 8-1/2", 20 pages including 16 drawings, B&W)
plus $2.89 for shipping

order via paypal:
(please include address)
sample image (cover)                                   sample page image
sample page image                                       sample page image


Friday, January 15, 2021


2021, 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", 40 pages
now available for $25ea.
Purchase through paypal:
(include address)

Thursday, January 14, 2021

A personal accounting of 2020...

Where do I begin? Well, 2020 sucked!

As a matter of fact so did 2019, but here we are at the beginning of 2021 and things appear a little better.

It is with this moment of reprieve from a very long and unproductive period in my creative and personal life

that I’ve decided to look back at those things that I could consider productive and positive.

For me, that’s a simple accounting of achievements.

In 2020... I, under unusual circumstances for me, made some art.


I started the  “Covid-Quilt” project, something to focus on and distract me from the world outside of my temporary doors. Without a studio and moving around a lot I decided to do something simple and less involved than my usual collages. I started to make drawings (aka: doodles) on 4-½”x4-½” paper about the random things that held my attention for that moment. The goal, as I began this when Los Angeles was ordered to stay at home and quarantine, was to create one every day until there was a cure/ vaccine. Since this project began I’ve decided I will continue until I receive my 2nd of the two shots required for the vaccine. To the day of writing this I have completed 311 so far. They can be viewed individually on my instagram page @tmgratkowskidraws. When the drawings are finished I will combine them into one very large “quilt” to represent the entirety of my quarantine focus.

During quarantine, a lot of artists struggled to figure out how they would survive and for that matter how the world we existed in would operate. I’m not sure if I made any grand alternative choices, but somehow I was able to get some attention with some press- this definitely made me feel appreciated even though the normal channels of shows had been put on pause.


"Isolation Row: Artists Alone" by Bondo Wyszpolski,  Easy Reader (cover story/ image), April 16, 2020

I was also the cover story artist for this publication- great honor!

“What Is a Drawing? Part Eight”  Vasari21 by Ann Landi, Apr 19, 2020 

"How Artists Are Nurturing Their Creativity Under Lockdown", KCET by Sharon Mizota, July 16, 2020

“NOT NORMAL: Art in the Age of Trump”,  Catalogue by Karen Gutfruend, (p 2, 87, 112, 120, 127, 148, 153)


“not normal – art in the age of trump” book review from The Jealous Curator, November 2020

“Meet Tm Gratkowski" - Visual Artist, ShoutOutLA, October 5, 2020

“A View From the Easel During Times of Quarantine” Hyperallergic by Hrag Vartanian Nov 26, 2020


One thing I attempted to do during this quarantine period was focus on a couple projects I was unable to get done,

this was harder than I imagined and I struggled for most of this year to get any one of them done.

I am happy to say that a zine of collages I created to criticize and comment on the current administration

was finally finished on January 13, 2021. I put it on this list because it has lingered for so long - it's hard to say

when it was started had anything to do with when it was completed.

The zine is called “NOT MY CHEETO” and it's finally done.



A slow and secret project of 52 black collages. These collages each represent the 52 weeks of 2020 and

will be presented as one single piece titled “2020”. It will probably spend most of 2021 framing them and figure out

the tiled presentation. (stay tuned)


So that's my list of accomplishments for 2020. Absent are all the details of the day to day life challenges, but when I create a simple list like this it makes me see what has been accomplished and that 2020 wasn't a complete loss. As for 2021… it’s time to find the energy and the way to get back to the usual productivity levels I am most accustomed to. Thank you to everyone who helped facilitate all of this. It's nice knowing we are not alone and your help does not go unnoticed. Thank you!

Oh... and I did a lot of street art posts too ;)