Tom Slaughter, American (1955 - 2014)


Born 1955, in New York, NY; Education: Connecticut College, B.A.

Tom Slaughter


Artist, designer, and printmaker. Director, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.


(Illustrator) Marc Mayer, Tom Boat [New York, NY], 1987.

M Is for Moon, self-published, 1990.

(Illustrator) Jon Robin Baitz, Whatever We Lose, Durham Press, 1998.

One, Two, Three: A Counting Book, Tundra Books (Plattsburgh, NY), 2003.

(Illustrator) Marthe Jocelyn, One Some Many, Tundra Books (Plattsburgh, NY), 2004.

Work in Progress

Illustrating Over Under and a bilingual ABC.


New York City-based artist Tom Slaughter took some time out from creating museum-quality fine art to write and illustrate the children's storybook One, Two, Three: A Counting Book. Published in 2003 by Tundra Books, Slaughter's book offers children the opportunity to brush up on their counting while gaining an appreciation for modern art at the same time. His second book for children, a collaboration with wife and children's book author Marthe Jocelyn, was One Some Many, a counting book published in 2004.

One, Two, Three focuses primarily on exercising children's counting skills with easily recognizable objects and simple illustrations. Slaughter uses primarily colors to make his collage illustrations both engaging and fun for kids, and includes no text aside from Arabic numerals. A reviewer for Kirkus Reviews commented that, created by "an artist who already has work hanging in the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, and elsewhere," One, Two, Three "should prompt plenty of pointing and chortling from even pre-verbal prewalkers."

In addition to his work as a book illustrator—he has plans to produce several more books for young children—Slaughter has also designed posters, playbills, watches, and T-shirts. His artwork has been shown in solo exhibitions around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Cologne, and Japan. He has worked in collaboration with Durham Press for a decade and his prints are in the collections of the Museum of Modern and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Biographical and Critical Sources


ARTnews, March, 1992, p. 130.

Graphis, September-October, 1991, Henry Geldzahler, "The Familiar turned Phenomenal," p. 74.

Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2003, review of One, Two, Three: A Counting Book, p. 1230.

Resource Links, October, 2003, Sandra Tee, review of One, Two, Tree: A Counting Book, p. 9.


2000 Luftansa Corporation Frankfurt, Germany
2000 Galerie Benden & Klimczak Viersen, Germany
2000 Summer Group Exhibition, David Beitzel Gallery New York
1999 Summer Group Exhibition, David Beitzel Gallery New York, New York
1999 David Beitzel Gallery, Project Room New York, NY
1999 Fine Art & Artists, Washington DC
1998 Galerie Benden Klimckak Viersen, Germany
1998 Betsy Senior Gallery New York, NY
1997 Dorothy Blau Gallery Scottsdale, AZ
1996 Marcia Rafelman Fine Art Toronto, Ontario
1995 Molinar Gallery Scottsdale, AZ
1995 Molinar Gallery Scottsdale, AZ
1995 Jaffe, Baker, Blau Boca Raton, FL
1995 Roger Smith Gallery New York, NY
1995 Miliani Gallery Marseilles France
1994 Red Windows, Barney's New York, NY
1994 Jaffe Baker Blau Boca Raton
1993 Hanqu Department Store Tokyo, japan
1992 Molinar Gallery Scottsdale, AZ
1990 Ruth Siegal Gallery New York, New York
1989 Galerie Berbet Rotterdam

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