Langan was born in 1942. He is a self-taught artist; his first
carvings were decoys, known as gunning birds and his style was
influenced by the functional design of early American decoys.
- Tom began carving full time
at age 35 when his subjects grew to include domestic, farm and
forest animals; trade signs; whirligigs, salt water fish and
weathervanes. Most pieces are life size or larger.
- Tom's Whistling Swan is in the
permanent collection of the Museum of American Folk Art in Manhattan.
His work has gone on world tour including exhibition at the Smithsonian
Institute and at American embassies in Moscow and Bolivia.
- Film Documentary: 'Art in America'
- Commissions: General Foods Corporation;
Carillon Importers (Absolut Vodka); Merrill-Lynch
- Private Collections: Robert
Bishop; William J. Casey; John Cleese; Roger Karas; Penny Marshall;
Caspar Weinberger; Charles Wysocki
- Publications: Country Home Magazine;
The Absolut Book; New York Times; Newsday; American Folk Art
of the 20th Century; American Country; Weathervanes.