Lex Thomas’ primary concern is the idea of belief. A mistrust in the nature of reality drives this as well as an interest in the stories we tell ourselves. Thomas examines a range of unexplained natural phenomena, such as the supernatural and paranormal as well as altered psychological states, magic, cults and UFO religions.
Recent work has come about from a combination of automatism, subconscious association and chance. The Prisoner’s Cinema series of drawings was inspired by the phenomena whereby those confined in dark cells for long periods report visual hallucinations. Working in a similar vein, the starting point for the IFIF paintings are intuitively made clay fetishes that reflect on previous studies in Anthropology and Sociology. The title derives from the International Federation for Internal Freedom, a psychedelic cult founded for reasons of both scientific research and religious awakening.
CV & Education
Forthcoming MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London.
2007 Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
1996-98 Certificate in Higher Education, Fine Art, University of the West of England, Bristol.
1995-96 National Diploma in Fine Art, University of the West of England, Bristol.
1991-94 BA Hons Sociology, University of Greenwich, London.
Selected Exhibitions & Art Fairs
2016 Paint Her To Your Own Mind. Shandy Hall Gallery, Yorkshire.
2016 Counter_Fitters. Geddes Gallery, London.
2016 The Exchange. Brunswick East, London.
2015 HYG Editions. Hundred Years Gallery, London.
2015 Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition. ASC Bond House Gallery, London.
2015 Bells From The Deep. Hundred Years Gallery, London.
2015 Rites of Passage. Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia, Spain.
2014 Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition. ASC Bond House Gallery, London.
2013 Of Truth of Clouds (Solo Show). South Hill Park Arts Centre, Berkshire.
2013 Wider than a Postcard. Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, USA.
2012 National Open Art Competition. Princes Foundation Gallery, London.
2012 160th Open Exhibition. Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
2012 Space//Form. Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, USA.
2012 Westworld. Xero, Kline & Coma Gallery, London.
2012 Young Masters. Rupert Cavendish Fine Art, London.
2012 Woolgather Art Prize. Cross York Street, Leeds.
2012 Rising Stars Art Prize. New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham.
2012 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize. Mall Galleries, London.
2012 London Art Fair. Opus Gallery, London.
2012 At Home With The Ludskis. Rio Cinema, London.
2011 Young Masters @ Sphinx. Sphinx Gallery, London.
2011 Future Proof (Solo Show). Opus Gallery, Newcastle.
2011 Heartlands. Downstairs Gallery, Great Brampton House, Hereford.
2011 11:11. East Gallery, London.
2010 Making It / Faking It. Orleans House Gallery, London.
2010 Victoria Stakes 20:20. Victoria Stakes, London.
2010 Dalston Underground Ten Years. Boleyn Boys Club, London.
2010 Scope. Opus Gallery, New York, USA.
2009 Art Basel Miami Beach. Opus Gallery, Miami, USA.
2009 Visions of Desire. Galeria Espacio, Valencia, Spain.
2009 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Royal Academy, London.
2009 Scope. Opus Gallery, Basel, Switzerland.
2009 Bridge. Opus Gallery, New York, USA.
2009 Drawing with Dolphins. Crimes Town Gallery, London.
2009 Contemporary Painters. Opus Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2008 Kounter Kulture. Opus Gallery @ Truman Brewery, London.
2008 Café Gallery Projects Annual Open. Café Gallery Projects, London.
2007 Pastoral Sliders. Guerrilla Gallery and Brompton Design Project, London.
2007 SaLon 07 - Best of London’s Post Graduates. SaLon Gallery,London.
2007 Free Association. Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
2016 Merz Barn Residency, Cumbria.
2013 Woolgather Art Vend Commission.
2012 Woolgather Art Prize (Third Prize).
2012 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize (Shortlist).
2012 Rising Stars (Shortlist).
2010 Artist Residency at the Cill Rialaig Project, Ireland.
2002 Royal Television Society Award.
Team award for ‘Way With Words’ website. Available Light, Bristol.
2001 BAFTA for Online Learning.
Team award for ‘Grid Club’ website. Available Light, Bristol.