Colin Thomson

b. London, England

STATEMENT

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.

EDUCATION

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, MFA, 1977
New York Studio School, New York, New York, 1972-1975

Skowhegan School of Art, Skowhegan, Maine, 1974
Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, BA, 1971 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020

Unusual Characters, High Noon Gallery, New York, New York

2018

CAN U DIG IT? (with Jill Levine), High Noon Gallery, New York, New York

2014

Plot Lines, Outlet Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
 

2011

Local Colour, Wexford Arts Centre, Bunclody, Republic of Ireland

 

2003

100 Broadway, New York, New York
 

1992

Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Projects Room, David Beitzel Gallery, New York, New York

 

1991

Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York, New York
 

1989

Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York, New York
 

1987

Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York
 

1986

Winston Gallery, Washington, D.C. 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014

Arshile Gorky and a Selection of Contemporary Drawings, Brooklyn, New York

2013

One Room Down: Colin Thomson and Edward West, Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois 

drawing + painting, Newton Barry House Gallery, Bunclody, Republic of Ireland


2011

What I Know - Curated by Jason Andrew, NEW YORK CAMS, New York, New York
Jux: New Painitng by Andy Spence and Colin Thomson, Storefront Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

 

2008

A.M. Richard Fine Art, Brooklyn, New York
Allen Gallery, New York, NEW YORK

 

2006

Two Friends And So On, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, New York

Everywhichway, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, New York


2002

ART DOWNTOWN, curated by Richard Marshall, New York, New York

 

2001

Group Show, Senior & Shopmaker, New York, New York
 

2000

Conversation Exhibition, Art Materials, New York, New York
 

1999

Summer, Art Materials, New York, New York
 

1998

Group Show, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Project Space, Art Materials, New York, New York

 

1997

Santa Fe Art Fair, Art Materials, New York, New York
Gramercy Park Art Fair, Art Materials, New York, New York
Fixed/Unfixed, Art in General, New York, New York
Purely Painting, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, New York

 

1995

Coming to Form, MMC Gallery, New York, New York
Works for a Fun House, E.S. Vandam, New York, New York

 

1994

Directions in American Abstraction: A New Decade, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pa.
 

1993

Yale Collects Yale, Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, Ct.

 

1992

On Paper, Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York, New York

 

1991

Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York

1988

International Sculpture Center, Washington, D.C.

 

1987

One Penn Plaza, Penn Plaza, New York, New York

 

1985

Getler, Paul, Sapir Gallery, New York, New York 

1984

Drawings, Barbara Toll Gallery, New York, New York

Tom Kendall Gallery, New York, New York

 

1983

Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC 1983 Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, California

 

1982

Acquisitions: Works on Paper, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

3:1, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, New York

 

1981

Recent Abstraction, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, New York
Thomson/ Pondick, Art Galaxy, New York, New York
Summer News, Droll/Kolbert Gallery, New York, New York
Drawings for the Serious Collector, Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York

 

1980

Two Dimensions, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC 

AWARDS

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1991-1992 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Richard Armstrong
Centro Culturale, Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City Chase Manhattan Bank
Chemical Bank
Equitable Life Assurance Society
Grey Art Gallery, New York University
M & T Bank
National Madison Group
Weatherspoon Art Gallery
Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

"Chelsea is a Battlefield, Galleries Muster Groups," Roberta Smith, The New York Times, July 28, 2006 p. 27/33.

"This Way.. That Way," Mario Naves, The New York Observer, July 23, 2006.

Image, The New York Sun, July 19, 2006 p. 14.

"Ship Shape," Pilar Viladas, New York Times Magazine, July 26, 1998 pp. 38-39.

"Between Artists," A.R.T. Press, 12 Contemporary American Artists, 1996 pp. 241-249.

"Andrew Spence Interviewed by Colin Thomson," A.R.T. Press, 1992 pp. 1-46.

Justin Spring, Review, Art Forum, Summer 1991 p. 113.
Elizabeth Licata, "The Other Side of Summer," The Buffalo News, July 5, 1991 p. 27.

Richard Huntington, Review, The Buffalo News, May 6, 1988 p. 24.

Richard Huntington, Review, The Buffalo News, June 9, 1987 p. 11.

William Wilson, Review, The Los Angeles Times, June 24, 1983 Section 4, p. 10.
"Modern Works on Paper," Albright-Knox Newsletter, March 1983 p. 1.

Virginia Butera, Review, Arts Magazine, April 1982 p. 17.

Ruth Bass, Review, Art News, April/May 1982 p. 168.

Carrie Rickey, Centerfold, The Village Voice, June 23, 1980.