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Phillip Thomas

Phillip Thomas (b.1980) is a graduate of the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts. At this institution he received the Albert Huie Award for Painting at the end of his four-year study. He subsequently received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, where he studied under Eric Fischl. He received two educational scholarships in support of his MFA: a CHASE fund grant and a grant from the Cobb Family Foundation. Phillip Thomas has been involved in several group shows such as the Super Plus Under 40 Artist of the Year exhibition and competition, where he received the Public’s award, and the 2008 Jamaica National Biennial, at the NGJ, where he was awarded the Aaron Matalon award. His work was also included in the National Biennial at the National Gallery of Jamaica, sold at Sotheby’s, and has been acquired by the World Bank.

Phillip Thomas is considered a realist and he paints with an ease that demonstrates his sure draftsmanship and understanding of the human form. Yet there is more to his artistry than just representation. He harnesses the classical approach of the European masters to cloth and critique his contemporary black subjects. The result is portraits that are appealing because of their conventions and familiarity but also repulsive because of their perverse contradictory content.

Phillip intends to manufacture cultural reliquaries, artifacts and social curiosities that represent the cultural tapestry of the Caribbean and the wider “new world”, using mediums and other agents of the old world. Paintings and other artifacts in this case are not for the sake of the medium of presentation, but more so as an artifact of works of art and art practices of the past hence the entire object produced (stretcher bars, frames, oil paints, Phillip Thomas and all the other elements and mediums of these objects) is a complete manifestation of an archeological response to agents of the old world as well as products of the new.

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EDUCATION

2006–2008 New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
Masters of Fine Arts, Honors – Painting
Acclamation for the most achieved student of the graduating class
1998-2003 Edna Manley College, Saint Andrew, Jamaica
Bachelors in Visual and Performing Arts, Honors (Painting)
1997–1998 Port more Community College, Saint Catherine, Jamaica
CXC – Engineering Drawing Distinction

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017 I am (In) Visible, RD Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2017 Urban Revival, RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2016 Pieces of My Soul, Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2016 Parallel Universe, Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2016 Barbed Wire & Picket Fences, Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2015 Recollections & Realities | A Figurative Focus, Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Sag
Harbor, NY
2015 A Magic Menagerie, Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2014- 15 National Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica.
2014 Shattered Boundaries RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2014 Art Southampton Art Fair, New York Academy of Art Booth
Southampton, NY
2014 ArtHamptons Art Fair, RJD Gallery Booth, Bridgehampton, NY
2014 LA Art Show, RJD Gallery Booth, Los Angeles, CA
2013 ArtHamptons Art Fair, RJD Gallery Booth, Bridgehampton, NY
2012-13 National Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica.
2012 Take Home a Nude, Sotheby’s Auction House, New York, NY
2012 Contemporary Jamaican Art, Circa 1962-2012, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario Curated by Veerie Poupeye
2011 Solo Exhibition, Civil Savages, RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2011 Contemporary Jamaican Artists, The Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC.
2010 National Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica.
2010   Take Home a Nude, Sotheby’s Auction House, New York, NY
2010 Young Talent 5, Kingston Jamaica
The National Gallery Of Jamaica
2009 Social Curiosities, New York, NY
An exhibition of new work by the three 2008-09 Fellows of the New York Academy of Art Summer Exhibition 2009, New York, NY
Juried by Eric Fischl, Matthew Flowers and Anne Strauss, New York Academy of Art
2008 Group exhibition: Michael Heffernan Matthew Miller Phillip Thomas, New York, NY
Flowers Gallery New York
Master Thesis Exhibition, New York, NY
2008 New York Academy of Art
Man Hunt! New York, NY
2008 New York Academy of Art
Under 40 Artist of the Year Competition, Kingston Jamaica
2006 The Mutual Life Gallery, awarded the People’s Choice Award
Revelations of a Changing Generation, Kingston Jamaica
2006 Hue Dunphy Gallery
National Biennale of Jamaica, Kingston Jamaica
2005 National Gallery of Jamaica
Final Year Exhibition, Kingston Jamaica
2003 Edna Manley College

AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS

2014 Callaloo Art, Inagural Issue
2014 American Art Collector August Edition, Vol. 106, “Shattered Boundaries” Show Preview
2013 ARC Magazine, “Dethroning the Nation: Redefining Realism in the work of Phillip Thomas”
2013 NY Times: Upcoming Art Events announcing the opening of “Enchanted Impressions”
2011 “About Changes in Latin America and the Caribbean” World Bank
2010 “Jamaican Art Then and Now” edited, Petrine Archer Aaron Matalan Award:
2008 National Biennale of Jamaica, Kingston Jamaica
First prize in The National Gallery of Jamaica’s National Biennial, the premier national art exhibition in Jamaica.
2008 New York Academy of Art Fellowship: New York Academy of Art, New York, NY Awarded annually, includes studio accommodation, stipend and major exhibition at the Academy
2006 Chase Grant: Chase Fund Organization, Kingston Jamaica Financial grant for most promising artist to pursue masters of fine art degree
2006 Smile Jamaica: TV’s Morning Television Program, Kingston Jamaica
Major Jamaican television broadcasting network interview for recipient of the Chase Fund masters of fine arts grant
2003 Gleaner Art Review: Gleaner Newspaper, Kingston Jamaica
2003 Highlighted in Jamaica’s major newspaper review of Edna Manley College exhibition Artists in Studio: Radio Mona, Kingston Jamaica
Major Jamaican radio station’s one on one interview of an artist’s process in painting
2003 Albert Huey Painters Award: Edna Manley College, Kingston Jamaica

COLLECTIONS

World Bank The Chetrit Group
Peggy Cooper Cafrtiz NY Academy of Art

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