David Thomas (USA)

International Artist

David Thomas (USA)

International Artist

Currently living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dave Thomas, paints haunting figures inside surrealistic landscapes using his unique style of fingerprinting. He has shown work nationwide and internationally, including murals, and publications.

The fingerprints themselves speak to identity and to all of the individual identities that have shaped us along our paths, putting their stamp on us, so to speak. We are not one identity, but an ever changing ever growing group of identities that we have encountered and learned from.

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I was born in Germany to a military family in 1989. I traveled the world as a child because of this, finally settling down in rural Nebraska and attending Briar Cliff University, where I attained my BA in Studio Art and minor in Art History, studying under Jeff Baldus and Nan Wilson. Post Graduation, I moved to Florida and worked with Derek Gores for a years time, and am now currently residing and working in New Haven, Connecticut.

I discovered my fingerprinting technique shortly after arriving to new haven as an abstract element to add to paintings, but soon became obsessed with them, painting vast field of fingerprints in an abstract grid. Slowly these grids began taking human form. Without the brush I have a more tactile relationship with my materials and subject matter.

The fingerprints themselves speak to identity and to all of the individual identities that have shaped us along our paths, putting their stamp on us, so to speak. We are not one identity, but an ever changing ever growing group of identities that we have encountered and learned from, the collective of these becomes something unique and fleeting. Genetic and relational pixels that make up the picture of who we are.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work is centered around a blurring of time and realities. The figures I paint are set inside scenes of a future dystopia but touch on themes of old mythologies and older magic; the kind of half-truths and false memories that persist through generations. I set out to capture the fear and wonder I feel as the world seems to collapse further daily and recontextualize it into a fairy-tale-esque nightmare which pits the transcendental and unexplainable against the concrete and the accepted reality. This tension hints at the evil and mystery lurking just under the surface.

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2018 [upcoming] There Are No Kings Here, Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL
2016 Impermanences, Minus Space, New York City, USA
2016 When a Still Painting Shows Us That We Are Moving And Other Works, Tristian Koenig Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
2014 When Two Directions Become All Directions, Tristian Koenig Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
2014 When Two Directions Become All Directions , Conny Dieztschold Gallery, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
2014 Genetic Pixelization , Spinelli Galleries, Chelsea, NYC USA
2013 Dialogue Farbenfreunde , Raum 2810, Bonn GERMANY
2013 AUTOFLUX , EGAD! Art Lab, Melbourne, FL USA
2012 This Violent Sleep , Clausen Art Gallery, Sioux City, IA USA
2012 Timelines, Colour Fields , Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne AUSTRALIA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Paint It Forward, Cass Contemporary, Tampa FL USA
2016 Westfarbe , Raum 2810, Bonn, GERMANY
2016 Happy, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast AUSTRALIA
2016 Third Coast Annual Juried Exhibition, K-Space Contemporary, Corpus Cristi, TX (Won Honorable Mention) USA
2015 Aqua Art Miami, Derek Gores Gallery in association with Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Miami FL USA
2015 Concrete Posts 3 , Raum 2810, Bonn GERMANY
2015 Cross-Atlantic Visions , MZUrban Art, Chelsea NYC USA
2015 Surreal Salon 7 , Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA USA
2014 Summer Small Works Show , Chelsea27 Artspace, Chelsea NYC USA
2014 Implicit Messages , Chelsea27 artspace, Chelsea, NYC USA
2014 Grand Opening , Joseph Reed Gallery, Norwalk, CT USA
2014 Select Fair , New York City, NY USA
2014 3rd Year Anniversary , FTS Gallery, Stratford, CT USA
2014 A Beautiful Crime , Read’s Art Space, Bridgeport, CT USA
2014 Nude Nite , Orlando, FL USA
2014 Love Haven , Trolley Square, New Haven, CT (curator) USA
2013 Parti De L’art , Trolley Square, New Haven, CT USA
2013 Pollen8 , EGAD! Art Lab, Melbourne, FL USA
2013 The Machine , EGAD! Art Lab, Melbourne, FL (co-curator) USA
2012 A Wake for the Old World… Awake for the New! , EGAD! Art Lab, Melbourne, FL USA
2012 Without Darkness There is No Light , Open Mike’s, Melbourne, FL USA
2012 ADDI+ION, SUBTRAC+ION, ABSTRAC+ION , EGAD! Art Lab, Melbourne FL USA
2012 Something to Talk About , Art Gallery of Viera, Viera, FL USA
2012 A Midsummer Night’s Dream , EGAD! Art Lab, Melbourne, FL USA
2012 Brush with Success , Art Gallery of Viera, Viera, FL USA
2012 Edge of the Outback , Art Vault, Mildura AUSTRALIA

MURALS

2015 Rites of Release”, Melbourne FL USA
2015 The Nature of Things , New Haven CT USA
2015 Eyes , New Haven CT USA
2015 Hands , New Haven CT USA

AWARDS

2012 Winner of the Dorothy Collins Scholarship for excellence in art
2012 Winner of the Myriel Boes Art Scholarship
2012 Winner of the Briar Cliff University Excellence in Art award

Publications

2015 MAR Featured on cover and inside New Haven Magazine
2014 JUN Featured on thenewyorkoptimist.com
2012 MAY Featured in “The Briar Cliff Review” arts magazine

 

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