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Lex Thomas


Lex Thomas’s work is an ongoing survey around the idea of belief. An interest in the unreliability of reality drives this, as well as the fictions man has created in order to deal with his existential predicament and in his quest for an essential truth. From investigations into magico-religious practices and spaceship cults through to unexplained natural phenomena such as the supernatural and paranormal Thomas enquires into the mysteries of the human psyche.

Working in series, often referencing collage and photography, Thomas’ work suggests a metaphysical and otherworldly timelessness. A recent series of drawings was inspired by the ‘Prisoner’s Cinema’ phenomena whereby those confined in dark cells for long periods report visual hallucinations. The sensory deprivation and psychological strain cause a blurring of reality with the outpourings of the soul. In attempting to reveal this inner space Thomas combined elements of chance with subconscious association and automatism. Working in a similar vein, the series of paintings ‘IFIF’ derive their title from the International Federation for Inner Freedom, a cult co-founded by the psychedelic missionary Timothy Leary, for reasons of both scientific research and religious awakening. 

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Location London
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking
Tags painting, drawing, collage, mixed media, sculpture, figurative, metaphysical, paranormal, existentialism, Utopia

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  • HYG Editions

    19/11/2015 – 20/12/2015
    Hundred Years Gallery, London

    Helen Bermingham, Yvonne Yiwen Feng, Victoria Kovalenko, Mary Lumley, Rita Says, Lex Thomas, Nick JS Thompson & Jaime Valtierra.

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  • ZAP Summer Exhibition

    Bond House Gallery

    Annual Members Show One Day Event

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  • Bells From The Deep

    02/07/2015 – 26/07/2015
    Hundred Years Gallery

    Group Exhibition of Drawings and Hand Made Prints

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  • Rites Of Passage

    30/05/2015 – 14/06/2015
    Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia, Spain.

    Curated by Josie McCoy and Russell Chater. Artists: Marta Balla, Russell Chater, Miyuki Kasahara, Calum F Kerr, Josie McCoy, Rose Smith, Lex Thomas, Mimei Thompson, Clare Wilson

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