Phillip Thomas, ‘Est. 1962’, 2018, RJD Gallery
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Phillip Thomas

Est. 1962, 2018

Oil on Canvas, Mixed Media
78 × 55 in
198.1 × 139.7 cm
$45,000
Location
Bridgehampton
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Phillip Thomas
Jamaican, b. 1980
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In his oil paintings and mixed-media works, artist Philip Thomas combines the imagery and traditions of the Old Masters with contemporary textures and patterns to create a new iconography. As a starting point for these cross-cultural conversations, Thomas looks to the model of the French academies, plucking techniques (like oil painting on stretched canvas) and imagery (such as toreadors in elaborate costumes, silhouetted portraits, elaborately staged arrangements of figures) not only as formal elements, but also as relics of art history, offering a statement on colonialism and its aftermath, especially in his native Caribbean. “You want a way to lure people into the image, and then it unfolds itself, like a very slow car crash,” he says. “I try in many ways to present the audience to themselves.”

Phillip Thomas, ‘Est. 1962’, 2018, RJD Gallery
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Phillip Thomas
Jamaican, b. 1980
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In his oil paintings and mixed-media works, artist Philip Thomas combines the imagery and traditions of the Old Masters with contemporary textures and patterns to create a new iconography. As a starting point for these cross-cultural conversations, Thomas looks to the model of the French academies, plucking techniques (like oil painting on stretched canvas) and imagery (such as toreadors in elaborate costumes, silhouetted portraits, elaborately staged arrangements of figures) not only as formal elements, but also as relics of art history, offering a statement on colonialism and its aftermath, especially in his native Caribbean. “You want a way to lure people into the image, and then it unfolds itself, like a very slow car crash,” he says. “I try in many ways to present the audience to themselves.”

Phillip Thomas

Est. 1962, 2018

Oil on Canvas, Mixed Media
78 × 55 in
198.1 × 139.7 cm
$45,000
Location
Bridgehampton
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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