Thomas’ bright, bold and adventurous artwork challenges audiences to pause, look attentively and reconsider the world around us with empathy. And it’s that sentiment exactly which makes Thomas’ new retrospective, David Thomas: Colouring Impermanence, such a relevant and timely exhibition.
David Thomas: Colouring Impermanence is the bringing together of more than 100 works from over four decades of practice. On display in the studio-like environment of the RMIT Design Hub, the collection is made up of paintings, photo paintings, and installation pieces ranging in scale from miniature to monolithic. One of the many highlights from the showing is a series of large-scale monochrome paintings created as a direct response to the Design Hub exhibition space.
A series of drawings in folios dating from the 1970s up to present day showcase Thomas’ transition period between figuration and abstraction; while explorations into colour, time and duration are showcased in photo-paintings and composites. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to look through the folios and interact with the works directly.
As well as a selection of Thomas’ works, ranging from early figurative drawings through to contemporary paintings, the RMIT Design Hub is also hosting an assortment of works by peers and collaborative projects such as those with international collective Concrete Post.
Of his work and the retrospective, Thomas says: “Painting offers an opportunity to reflect on the complexity of our responses; emotional and conceptual; imaginative and tactile. The works enable the viewer to understand the movement of meaning over time and to contemplate the transitory, unstable nature of being and perceiving.”
An innovative public programme also sees the Design Hub presenting a micro-course. Over the course of eight sessions, participants will experiment with drawing, painting and photography and partake in tutorials and group discussion with Thomas, his peers and collaborators. Each session of the free event unpacks the ideas explored by Thomas in his works and his approach to helping students develop their own creative practices.
The whole exhibition culminates with an innovative large-scale and immersive installation.
David Thomas: Colouring Impermanence is on view until Saturday, 23 September 2017, at RMIT Design Hub, on the corner of Victoria and Swanston Street, Carlton.
You can find more information about the exhibition at the webpage.