Les Thomas

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Artist LES THOMAS was born in British Columbia and has spent the majority of his life in western Canada. He studied painting, sculpture and printmaking at the University of Alberta, and received his BFA in 1990. Concentrating on painting, he spent a year in the MFA program at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, in London, England, and later completed his MFA degree at the University of Calgary in 1998.

Thomas’ paintings are readily recognizable, most often depicting a single wildlife form centrally located on a square format. Although primarily known for his “Animal Paintings”, Thomas also took a particular interest in French paintings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was particularly drawn to Impressionist and Post-Impressionist experimentation and the notion of a well crafted artwork. Over time Thomas’ interests have grown to include many concerns of contemporary painting. Central to his artistic aspirations are that his paintings be inimitable, and appreciated as something uniquely Canadian. Currently his artwork might best be described as a hybrid of Realism and Pop art.

Les Thomas has worked as a writer and educator, but in recent years has focused solely on his development as a painter. Recent projects include a large body of work inspired by the floods that occurred in southwest Alberta in 2013.

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