Kim Abkarian Lindsey
Portraits in Cuernavaca
I met Norman Thomas when he was living in Cuernavaca, where I grew up. He knew my parents, who were long term residents of Cuernavaca. They commissioned him to paint a portrait of me when I was about 10 (circa 1961) and another when I was 19. He also painted portraits of my sister at the same time.
Etching "Field Hands" by Norman Thomas
I have an etching entitled "Field Hands" signed Norman Thomas. It is No. 6 of 100. Can anyone tell me anything about this etching?
I knew Norman when he lived at #2 Tate St in Portland. Would have been in summer of 1974 or 1975. There was a wonderful painting of a woman reclining in a hammock in lush greenery in the stairway outside his door. I posed for two line drawings in exchange for help with my own painting technique. Wish I had those rapid marker drawings on newsprint..one sitting on the arm of the overstuffed chair holding a strand of hair out through my fingers and the second...well, let's say a typical 'artistic' pose on the sheeted chair.
I am Norman's son from his first marriage (to Maryjane Ripley). I have many of my father's oils, watercolors & drawings here with me in Texas.
I spent a lot of time with my father from about 1970 until his death in 1986, and shared many adventures and stories with him, particularly when we were together in Cuernavaca, NYC and Portland, Maine.
I would really enjoy corresponding with others regarding Norman's life or his exploits or his art!
I am also attempting to re-establish contact with my half-sister Leonora, still living in Cuernavaca, I believe. I last saw her many years ago in Acapulco.
Thanks! Peter W. Thomas
I have a painting called Shrimp Boats. Anyone that can help me would be appreciated.
Norman Thomas painting on a raised panel wooden door
I knew I had found something special when I saw this piece while driving down a street in San Jose...it was propped against a table in someone's driveway during their garage sale. I was told by the family that the artist had painted it for their now elderly mother as a gift. He heavily scored the door with deep knife cuts, then painted 3 females, progressively aging, in a vaguely Picasso/Rivera inspired style??, richly colored in dark tones. I wonder about private story that might explain the painting's subject matter and its journey since he signed and dated it, back in 1968...
Norman Thomas Signature
I have a painting by Norman Thomas. It is is signed Norman T. I was wondering how other Norman Thomas Paintings were signed.
My Mother and I lived in Mexico City from 1958-1963. One of my Mother's closest friends was Rebeca
Duff de Salinas. At that time, she was married to a Norman Thomas, an artist who was quite attractive but their relationship was extremely volatile - mostly brought on by heavy drinking. On my 14th birthday Norman presented me a pastel or colored pencil drawing of two nude women in sort of a dance mode. He gave it to me at a party and most of the adults were quite shocked
at the subject matter! I still have the piece and it is quite large (2'x4').
Norman and Rebeca divorced and we never saw him again.
I would like to learn more information about Norman and his work.
Upon examining over 30 oils and watercolors by Norman Thomas in a studio attic in Cape Elizabeth Maine I came across 3 large watercolors with Mexican themes signed Kameron Kent. Does anybody recall any one of Norman's artist friends by that name or might this be Norman's work under a pseudonym? Thank you.
I inherited a Norman Thomas and have spoken about him wioth many pewople that knew him here in Maine in his younger years. I was told that the Sand Diego Art Musuem had some of his work but upon contacting them they decline that they ever had any.. I am interested in working on a bibliography of his work and would welcome any interested folks with information.
I knew Norman through my father, Don Heitkotter in the old Studio 88 days in Campbell, Ca. I remember him as a drunken, moody womanizer. Kinda fits the ambiance of the Studio back then. There are plenty of stories to tell and I have plenty of them to share if anybody is interested.
Norman Thomas in Cuernavaca
I met Norman Thomas in Cuernavaca in 1980, when I was a college student there for a semester. I posed several times for him, and when I left Cuernavaca, he drew a portrait of me in pastels that he gave me. It's lovely.
I knew Norman Thomas very well. He had a deep involvement in my family through his relationship with my father, painter William T. Wray of New York City and Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Norman’s parents lived in Cape Elizabeth. His father was very pleasant and his mother was nice yet a bit stern. I was a young girl when Norman painted a portrait of my father. That portrait remains in my family. My family has roots on Long Island, Maine going back 100 years. My father and Norman painted on the island during the 1950s. A few years later, Norman, my father, and fellow painter Claude Montgomery all shared a studio in Portland, Maine. Norman painted a group portrait of my mother Charlotte, my sister Sally, and me. Norman had three brothers: Kenny, Ceddie, and another brother in California who was involved in filmmaking. He also had a sister, Claire. About 1961, my mother and I stayed in Cuenavarca, Mexico with Norman’s wife at the time, Rebecca. She was very attractive and kind.
I knew Norman well when he was in Antigua Guatemala back in 1978 and 79. He painted my portrait, which at one time was posted on the web, and he made drawings for my poetry.
Norman Thomas, Artist .....re: bio
A friend of mine had her portrait painted by Norman Thomas. The painting was commissioned by my friend's father who resided in Mexico. My friend also has a portrait of her father and her stepmother that was painted by Norman Thomas as well as an abstract drawing by Norman Thomas. As it turns out, Norman Thomas was a friend of her family and their associates. My friend was one of the first people to send Norman Thomas photos of his sculpture in Battery Park, NY. I am a retired interior designer/artist.
Norman Thomas, artist
I first met Norman Thomas at a bar in Los Gatos, CA in 1965. A group of fellow artists from Studio 88 knew he was here and we all wanted to meet him. Norman was painting for a gallery in Los Gatos at the time. He did many works for bread & butter and a place to stay. I got to know Norman very well. If he liked you he would give you one of his works. If he didn't like you, there was no price high enough. Studio 88 in late 60's early 70's was a hangout for artists Duane Armstrong, Steve Sutton, Don Heitkotter, Norman Thomas and Paul Greenesmith. We had live classes twice a week and Norman was the best in line drawing. We once had a skinny model and Norman's drawings were always round figured. He told the model that women should always be round. She never came back. I have many stories to share about Norman Thomas, about his background, his time in Mexico, his sculpture in Battery Park, NY. My time with Norman Thomas was a great experience and one I am willing to share.
I am part of a reserch project related to Long Island, Maine. As a young man, Norman Thomas summered on the island. I am interested in gathering and sharing information
My daughter owns a painting by Norman Thomas which looks as if it was done in Morocco. Apparently Thomas was a war artist who went ashore with the US troops in the Pacific. He also created a sculpture of soldiers which I believe is situated somewhere on Manhatten Island. I was told it was a controversial work. The painting my daughter owns is wonderful, a line drawing of an old man and a young boy in Arab garb - approx. 3ft x 2ft in size.
I have a charcoal original, signed and dated. It's a portrait of my father during WWII.... I would love info about him, or to see a signature.... thanks
If this is the same Norman Thomas that painted Don Quijote and many other fascinating paintings, then I have lots of info about him. My father and I took in an artist by the name of Norman Thomas in the 1970's he had previously lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He painted many murals there and knew Diego Rivera and Siqueiros, way bak when they were alive. He was an alcoholic, and I do believe he returned to Mexico and ended up dying there, I have lots of stories, but I don't know if we are talking about the same person. He uses plaster in his paintings, on canvas and then would paint over that, thus creating a very textured look. I have the only painting he ever did of a still life. He usully did paintings of people, and themes, such as your Bull fight, which seems to look very much like something he would have done. He was Welsh, he supposedly won a Pulizer Prize for painting when he was in his 20's however I cannot find anything that substantiates that, anywho if you think I am writing about this painter then e-mail me back, and I will tell you more plus put you in touch with my Father who is still alive in his 80's and was his very personal friend as I was also. Yours Ramona Ray