Artist : Walter Thomas. American

s-l1600-4Artist : Walter Thomas. American
Titled: Over & Under
Measures: 48×36 inches
Signed and dated 2000 on reverse
Medium: oil on canvas stretched on board
Farhat Art Museum Collection

Artist Statement
O V E R A N D U N D E R

I backed into this series of work.

I was feeling sorry for myself: tired, constrained, bored finally with the geometric painting I had been making for a number of years, a good part of the decade between 1985 and 1995. In a somewhat desperate state I took hold of some of my failed geometric paintings and began to erase them by burying the images beneath layers of random, overlapping squiggles of paint squeezed from small plastic containers with narrow spouts on them. The sudden freedom I felt was positively luxurious and, surprisingly, the resulting surfaces were very interesting to me. Bits and fragments of the geometric forms could still be seen here and there beneath the layers and there was a shallow but very perceptible depth created.

Very soon I was creating geometric forms that I then deliberately buried as described above, making what became a very intriguing and satisfying series. The work became pivotal; it moved me from the flat, unmodulated painting I had been doing to a freer, more gestural painting that I have continued to pursue ever since.

EDUCATION
1977 PHD 1969 MA 1955 BA
ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT
1983-1978
1978-1976
1976-1972
PUBLICATIONS 1993-1985
1998-1989
Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois Chairperson, Art Department (1978-1983) Taught Art History, Drawing.
Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina Chairperson, Art Department (1977-1978) Taught Art History, Painting, Drawing
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois Taught Art History, Drawing
Ninety-one reviews, articles and essays for various publications, mostly Art in America
Another Cézanne, a biographical fantasy, a novel about the life of Paul Cézanne, published by The Book Guild, Lewes, Sussex, England, 1998

EXHIBITIONS SINCE 1972
2009, October 2009, March
2006, November 2004, September 2002, Oct./ Nov. 2002, May/ June 2001, Sep./ Nov. 2001, August 2000, March 1999, Nov./ Dec. 1999, Oct./ Nov. 1992, June-July
Ezair Gallery, New York “Nine of Them (continued)” Two person show
Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn “Oh, Say Can You See” [new in the series “Nine of Them”]
Solo show
Amos Eno Gallery, New York “Nine of Them” Solo show
Amos Eno Gallery, New York “Corrugated Fields” Solo show
Amos Eno Gallery, New York “Over/ Under” Solo show
Gallery 10, Ltd., Washington D.C. “New York-DC.” Group show
Collaborative Concepts Gallery, Beacon, New York Group show
Art Design Digression, Hudson, New York Group show
Earlville Opera House Gallery, Earlville, New York Solo Show
Art Design Digression, Hudson, New York Group show
Cleveland State University, Ohio Group Show
Andre Zarre Gallery, New York Group show

EXHIBITIONS SINCE 1972 (cont’d)
1991, June
1989, July/ August 1988, September 1987, May
1983, May/ August 1980, June/ July 1980, January 1979, May
1976, September 1976, April
1975, October 1975, August 1975, April
Kathryn Sermas Gallery, New York Group show
Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York Group show
Nina Owen Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Group show
Nina Owen Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Group show
Peoria Civic Center, Illinois Invitational group show
Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois “Thompson’s Room” Solo Show
Peoria Art Guild, Illinois “Thompson’s Room” Solo Show
Madison Art Center, Wisconsin “Self Portraits” Group show
Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina Two person show
California State University, Los Angeles “Normal-LAX” Group show
Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin Group Show
Illinois State Fair, Springfield Juried show, Award
Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, Illinois. Juried show

EXHIBITIONS SINCE 1972 (cont’d)
1974, Nov/ Dec 1974, May/ June 1974, May 1974, January 1973, Oct./ Nov. 1973, May/ June 1973, May 1972, November
Mid-States Art Exhibition, Evansville, Indiana Juried show, Purchase prize
One Illinois Center, Chicago
“The Bloomington Group” Group show
Renaissance Society, University of Chicago “The Anonymous Image” Group show
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington Solo show
Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, Illinois “Come to Bloomington” Group show
Grand Palais, Paris, France
“Grands et Jeunes d’Aujourd’hui” Group show
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington Group show
Bette Hill Gallery, Paris, France Two person show

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