Les Thomas

Les Thomas was born in British Colombia, and has spent the majority of his life in Western Canada. He studied painting, sculpture and printmaking at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and received his BFA in 1990. Concentrating on painting, he spent a year enrolled 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 nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was particularly drawn to the 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 South Western Alberta in June of 2013.

Works by Les Thomas are held in many public, corporate and private collections in Canada, the U.S., and abroad.

 

Available artwork: 
Bow River Painting #020-1784 by Les Thomas
Bow River Painting #020-1784
Oil on Canvas, 20 x 20
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Bow River Painting #020-1783 by Les Thomas
Bow River Painting #020-1783
Oil on Canvas, 20 x 20
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Trout Grid-020 -1786 to 1794 by Les Thomas
Trout Grid-020 -1786 to 1794
9 panels, each 12" x 16"; installed dimension is approx 40" x 52".
Oil on Panel, 40 x 52
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Trout Painting #020-1782 by Les Thomas
Trout Painting #020-1782
Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Trout Painting #020-1781 by Les Thomas
Trout Painting #020-1781
Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Trout Painting #020-1778 by Les Thomas
Trout Painting #020-1778
Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Bow River Painting #020-1795_triptych by Les Thomas
Bow River Painting #020-1795_triptych
Oil on Panel, 18 x 55.5
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Animal Painting 020-1780 ( Goose) by Les Thomas
Animal Painting 020-1780 ( Goose)
Oil on Panel, 24 x 24
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Animal Painting 020-1779 (Deer) by Les Thomas
Animal Painting 020-1779 (Deer)
Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Bow River Painting #018-1690 by Les Thomas
Bow River Painting #018-1690
Oil on Canvas, 48 x 48
Loch Gallery, Toronto
Bow River Painting #018-1689 by Les Thomas
Bow River Painting #018-1689
Oil on Panel, 48 x 48
Loch Gallery, Toronto
Trout  by Les Thomas
Trout
An installation of 9 paintings  each measuring 24" H x 36"W Approximate dimension of installation: 76" H x 112" W Individual images shown for reference.
Oil on Canvas, 76 x 112
Loch Gallery, Toronto
Bow River #016-1443 by Les Thomas
Bow River #016-1443
Oil on Panel, 60 x 60
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Bow River #018-1691  by Les Thomas
Bow River #018-1691
Oil on Panel, 34 x 62
Loch Gallery, Toronto
Bow River #018-1681 by Les Thomas
Bow River #018-1681
Oil on Canvas, 30 x 30
Loch Gallery, Toronto
Bow River Painting #016-1424 by Les Thomas
Bow River Painting #016-1424
Oil on Canvas, 48 x 48
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Bow River #018-1684 by Les Thomas
Bow River #018-1684
Oil on Panel, 48 x 48
Loch Gallery, Toronto
018-1516 (Bear) by Les Thomas
018-1516 (Bear)
Oil on Canvas, 36 x 36
Loch Gallery, Toronto
018-1592 ( Duck) by Les Thomas
018-1592 ( Duck)
Oil on Canvas, 36 x 36
Loch Gallery, Calgary
018-1590 (Bear) by Les Thomas
018-1590 (Bear)
Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24
Loch Gallery, Calgary
018-1522 (Moose Calf) by Les Thomas
018-1522 (Moose Calf)
Oil on Canvas, 40 x 30
Loch Gallery, Calgary
018-1603 (Moose) by Les Thomas
018-1603 (Moose)
Oil on Canvas, 48 x 48
Loch Gallery, Toronto
018-1600 (Bear) by Les Thomas
018-1600 (Bear)
Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24
Loch Gallery, Toronto
Thomas, Les
Artist origin: 
Canadian
Artist type: 
Established living contemporary
Born: 
1962

 

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