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 Robert Chester Thomas  (1924 - 1987)

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Lived/Active: California/Kansas      Known for: sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Robert Chester Thomas was born on April 19, 1924 in Wichita, Kansas.  He served in
the Air Force from 1943-46.  Studied with David Green in Pasadena, CA from 1946-47
and with Ossip Zadkine in Paris from 1948-49.  Earned a BA from the Univ. of California,
Santa Barbara in 1951 and a MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in 1952.
Taught at the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara beginning in 1954.  His work includes
carved, welded, and bronze cast sculpture inspired by nature and by Greek mythology.
In the 1960s he frequently used brilliant colors on his wood sculpture.  He died in 1987.

Exhibitions: Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, 1949; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1957; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1955; La Jolla Art Center, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1966; Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, 1966, and many more.

Awards: City of Los Angeles, 1949; California State Fair, 1954; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1959.

Collections: Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Collection; Arizona State Univ.; Univ. of Notre Dame; Portland Art Museum; Henry Gallery; San Francisco Museum of Art; Denver Art
Museum; Oakland Art Museum; Long Beach State College; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and many more.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936-1976; AskART,, accessed Jan. 24, 2008; Smithsonian Art Inventories; Robert Thomas: Sculpture 1952-1965, Retrospective Exhibition (Santa Barbara: Art Gallery, Univ. of California,
Santa Barbara, 1966); Pamphlet file at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library in Washington, DC.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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