My painting ideas develop through drawings and watercolors. Sources include Islamic tiles, graphic design, African textiles, architectural plans, maps, cartoons, and the landscape. The work process is a simple back and forth, exploring options and consequences, contradictions and ambiguities. The results possess an animated and lively quality, full of idiosyncrasies that resist any easy identification. An overall sense of playfulness belies a more serious investigation of light and space, colour and drawing. The paintings create their own location, a meditative and natural parallel to the world I’m experiencing. Each one looks for a voice, a context for the individual parts, joining thought and action, material and idea.
Colin Thomson was born in London, England and moved to New York with his family in 1955. He attended Lake Forest College, BA, 1971, New York Studio School, 1972-1975, Skowhegan School of Art, 1974, and Yale University, MFA, 1977. He will be having a solo exhibition, Plot Lines, at Outlet Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, September 13 – October 5, 2014. Most recently he was included in Arshile Gorky and a Selection of Contemporary Drawings, June 6 – 29, 2014 at Outlet Gallery, and One Room Down: Colin Thomson and Edward West, September 5 – October 6, at the Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois. A solo exhibition, Local Colour, was also presented at the Wexford Arts Center, Ireland, October 22 – November 20, 2011. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1991-1992. Public and corporate collections include Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Centro Culturale, Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Chase Manhattan Bank, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, M & T Bank, National Madison Group, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, and Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher.