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|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|Arkansas Impressionist artist, Barry Thomas, is noted for canvases filled with light, energy and vivid color. |
This six foot plus Little Rock, Arkansas painter looks like he would be more at home on the football field than holding a paintbrush, which he actually did at one time, playing for the famed Lou Holtz at the University of Arkansas with the Razorbacks. With the encouragement of Coach Holtz, Barry decided to follow his dream of becoming an artist and went on to study at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, from which he received his fine arts degree.
A year following his graduation, he was chosen for the Society of Illustration Hallmark Award. Thomas worked in illustration and commercial art until he was able to focus on his fine art career. In his artwork, he prefers bright colors, the exclusion of browns and black, and uses broad, heavily-impastoed brushstrokes. Often his subjects are mothers and children, or still-lifes.
His wife, Piper, and their three children are the main focus of his life and the subject of many of his canvases. He says: "I surround myself with the things I love---music, people, and books; they all have a positive influence on me. I like to create paintings that have positive messages."
He is known to paint in the Ozarks and along the Buffalo River. The artist maintains a studio in the Ferndale area of Little Rock.
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|Biography from Wiford Gallery:|
|An artist, Barry Thomas's talents have nurtured a diverse career.
Before demand of his fine art made it impossible, Thomas was an
illustrator and commercial artist. Just one year after receiving
his fine arts degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,
California, Thomas was chosen for the Society of Illustration Hallmark
Award. That same year he was honored with an award from the Society of
Illustration of New York City.|
In college, he pursued many interests. At the University of
Arkansas, he joined the Razorback football team. At six-foot
plus, he played defensive end for famous coach Lou Holtz. Even
though it meant losing an exceptional player, Coach Holtz helped
convince Thomas to follow his dream of becoming an artist.
graduation from the Art Center, he worked as an illustrator in the Los
Angeles area. He gained experience with designing backgrounds for
the animation industry.
Barry Thomas creates his paintings
primarily by using the colors of Claude Monet's palette. Like
Monet, he excludes browns and blacks from all his work, with the
intention of reflecting only the purest hues and colors. Thomas is also
very influenced by the Spanish Impressionist Joaquin Sorrolla, for his
ability to capture light. Swedish Impressionist Anders Zorn also
influences Barry through his ability to handle the figure and his edges
of shapes. Thomas also appreciates the works of Russian
Impressionists Nicola Fechin, for his expressive brushstrokes, and
Nikolai Timkov for his landscapes and use of color.
"I try to
convey a lot of light and color in my paintings," Barry says. "I enjoy
shape and design. No matter what I am painting, I am more
interested in having the color be like a blanket that falls over it and
having dramatic shadows that create a feeling."
Collectors include Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Barry Thomas has taken classes from Howard Terpning, Dan McCaw, Gary
Carter and William Reese. Thomas also says that many times his
inspiration comes from his wife Piper and their children Kendall,
Hannah and Denton. The subject of many of his paintings, Barry's family
is all he needs to create some of his most magnificent work.
|Biography from Greg Thompson Fine Art:|
|Barry Thomas was born in 1961. An American Impressionist painter, he received his BFA at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He played football for the Arkansas Razorbacks, and then took coach Lou Holtz’s suggestion to follow his passion and enroll at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California after graduation from Fayetteville. |
Thomas is enjoying a carrier as an Impressionist painter. He travels annually around the world using nature and the human figure for his inspiration.
Thomas' work can be seen in public collections including: the J B Hunt Corporation, Springdale, AR; Alltel Corporation; and the University of Arkansas System.
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