Ian Thomas
Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas has been exhibiting regularly for the past 12 years in group and solo shows. He works with mixed media, producing vigorous, rough-edged abstract works which reference music, film, travel and literature.

He was selected for three consecutive years for the prestigious Art on the Rocks community art project and has been a finalist in the Churchie Emerging Art Awards, the Hunters Hill Art Prize and Ryde Art Awards.

His work has appeared editorially in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun Herald, GQ, B&T, House and Garden, the Wentworth Courier, Better Homes and Gardens and ‘two thousand’.

Thomas’s work has been purchased by private collectors in Sydney (including Colette Dinnigan), Melbourne, Canberra, NZ, Switzerland and the UK, as well as by corporate collectors including Anglicare, the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney and the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.

A Repetition of this Life 

When I started these paintings I wanted to do something repetitive and almost mechanical. A bit like knitting but with paint. It felt like a way of creating order and serenity in a crazy period of my life.

And while I soon got bored with the idea, I read a lot about Agnes Martin who did exactly that so well. I came across this quote from her. “Until you can clear up your true identity you will be tied to a repetition of this life”.

So these paintings became a way of marking the changes I make as I try to avoid repeating the past and do things differently. They’re about the people and places and ideas that were part of those changes.

Some were good decisions. Some weren’t.

Ian Thomas 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solo shows

  • July 2012 news of the world
    Gallery Aloft, Rozelle, Sydney
  • July 2010 home
    Depot 2 Gallery, Danks Street, Waterloo, Sydney
  • March 2009 all there is
    Depot 2 Gallery, Danks Street, Waterloo, Sydney
  • Dec 2007 no smoking
    Washhouse Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney
  • Sept 2006 second that emotion
    Washhouse Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney
  • Aug 2005 reach out + touch
    1+2 Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney
  • Oct 2004 Studio showing
    1+2 Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney
  • Feb 2004 while you and I are absent one from the other
    groundfloorgallery, Balmain, Sydney
  • Dec 2002 Buying Fish in the Sea
    newspace, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle, Sydney
  • Nov 2001 Fossick
    1+2 Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney

Group shows

  • Feb 2012 Ubuntu art, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle – co-organiser and exhibitor
  • Feb 2011 Ubuntu art, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle – co-organiser and exhibitor
  • Feb 2010 Ubuntu art, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle – co-organiser and exhibitor
  • Dec 2009 1+2 Group Show, Glasshouse Gallery, Botanic Gardens, Sydney
  • March 2009 foodwatershelterart, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle
  • Nov 2008 50 X 50 V (fundraising exhibition + open weekend) 1+2 Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney
  • April 2008 Painting 08, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
  • March 2008 foodwatershelterart, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle
  • Nov 2007 50 X 50 IV (fundraising exhibition + open weekend) 1+2 Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney
  • Dec 2006 50 X 50 III (fundraising exhibition + open weekend) 1+2 Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney
  • Feb 2006 Group of 8, 1+2 Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney
  • Jan 2006 Painting, John Gordon Gallery, Coffs Harbour
  • Nov 2005 50 X 50 II (fundraising exhibition + open weekend) 1+2 Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney
  • Oct 2005 On the Same Page, Ariel Bookshop, Paddington, Sydney
  • Sept 2005 Taste: An Assortment of Delights, Clock Hotel, Surry Hills, Sydney
  • July 2005 Art Sydney – Fox Studios, Sydney
  • Nov 2004 50 X 50 (fundraising exhibition + open weekend) 1+2 Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney
  • July 2004 Sydney Affordable Art Show – Fox Studios, Sydney
  • June 2004 warm up – groundfloorgallery, Birchgrove, Sydney
  • April 2004 Melbourne Affordable Art Show
  • Dec 2003 S.P.R.E.A.D. – groundfloorgallery, Birchgrove, Sydney
  • Nov 2003 Open studio and group show – 1+2 Gallery, Rozelle
  • Aug 2003 Sydney Affordable Art Show – Fox Studios, Sydney
  • June 2003 Sitting Duck – 1+2 Gallery, Rozelle
  • Oct 2002 Hart Start Studio Group Show – Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi
  • Aug 2002 Go Forth Group Show – 4th Floor Gallery, Surry Hills
  • Dec 2001 1+2 Artists Studio Annual Group Show – 1+2 Gallery, Rozelle
  • May 2001 Hart Start Studio Group Show – Watch House Gallery, Balmain
  • May 2000 Hart Start Studio Group Show – Watch House Gallery, Balmain

Community Art + Prizes

  • May 2005 Art on the Rocks. Selected to participate in weekend of public painting + exhibition at Rocks Visitors’ Centre, Sydney
  • May 2004 Art on the Rocks. Selected to participate in weekend of public painting + exhibition at ANS Gallery, The Rocks
  • May 2004 Churchie Emerging Art Exhibition, Brisbane. Finalist
  • May 2003 Art on the Rocks. Selected to participate in weekend of public painting + exhibition at ANS Gallery, The Rocks
  • May 2003 Hunters Hill Art Prize. Selected for group exhibition
  • Aug 2002 City of Ryde Art Society, 42nd Art Awards. Commended in contemporary painting

 

Collections

Held in private collections in Sydney (including Colette Dinnigan’s), Melbourne, Gold Coast, Canberra, NZ, Switzerland and the UK, plus corporate collections including Sheraton on the Park (Sydney), Grand Hyatt (Melbourne), Frasers (Perth) and Anglicare

Publications

  • B&T, August 2006
    • GQ, March 2007
    • Ersatz Apr, Issue 1 Volume 1, 2006
    • NAB Magazine, September 2009

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