Tom Lowenstein OAM is one of Australia's most respected tax accountants and financial advisors whose association with the arts extends over 40 years. His first arts client was John Olsen, arguably Australia's most acclaimed artist.
They enjoy an enduring friendship, with both having mentored younger artists with their respective skills. Tom's commitment to the arts is not only evident by the sheer number of artists on the company's 'books', but also through his involvement as Executive Director of the Australian Artists Association Inc., an organisation he formed back in 1984 to lobby for a better deal for artists.
He has made numerous submissions and has had continuing negotiations with the ATO and other Government departments to secure better conditions for artists generally.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants. He has been in public practice since 1961.
Tom has an extensive history of contribution to the arts in Victoria and Australia. He has been a board member of the Museum of Modern Art at Heide, a founding board member of Vi$copy, and a Foundation Board member of 200 Gertrude Street.
He is also a Board Member of New Flames Inc. (an organisation formed to foster the careers of indigenous artists by providing mentorship by established Artists), 45 Downstairs Inc., is a patron of the Kedumba Gallery & Kedumba Collection Drawing Prize, and is a Fellow of the Museum of Modern Art at Heide. Tom is now concentrating his efforts as Founding Partner and consultant of Lowensteins and as Executive Director of the Australian Artists Association Inc.
Tom is an authority on taxation and tax planning in the area of visual arts, performing arts, entertainers and other creatives. He has written numerous articles and has given lectures in the areas of Art Investment, Superannuation, and the Cultural Gifts Program.
In June 2016, he was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his contribution to the visual arts and the community.