Phillip Thomas, ‘Kingston Reverie’, RJD Gallery

About Phillip Thomas

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.”

Jamaican, b. 1980, Kingston, Jamaica, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights

2017
2017
Bridgehampton,
2016
2013
Bridgehampton,
Objects of Desire

Group Shows

2017
2017
Bridgehampton,
2016
2016
2015
Bridgehampton,
2015
2014
2014
2013
2013
Bridgehampton,
Objects of Desire

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