James David Thomas

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Elegy for Homer, 2007 Oil On Wood 7" X 7" © JD Thomas
Transition, 2005 Oil On Wood 40" 96" © JD Thomas
Overlook, 2007 Oil On Wood 24" X 96" © JD Thomas
Light in August, 2007 Oil On Wood 30" X 96" © JD Thomas
Haiku for February 5th, 12/7/2008 Oil On Wood Panel 30" X13" © James David Thomas
Transition Series #2, 2011 Oil On Wood Panel. 6" X 24" © James David Thomas
Time and Tide, 2007 Oil, Gold Leaf On Wood Panels 21" X 25" © James David Thomas
Nocturne for Parrish, 2011 Oil, Gold Leaf On Wood. 6"X10' © James David Thomas
Quick Facts
Olympia, WA
Birth year
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Otis College of Art and Design


"Our world is a wonderful, mysterious place. The heavens and oceans are a part of our experience, but in ways removed form our daily conciousness, as we now live in cultural  world as opposed to a natural world. mankind inhabits the continents, and has come to know and utilize them at its will accordingly. We are oblivious to the oceans without consideration to their overall importance. We have compartmentalized what we know seperating earth, ocean and the heavens. We no longer know the world intuitively. Mankind's devised systems more often than not aggress against nature, deeming it insignificant.

Euclid stood within the landscape bisecting it with his figure and devised geometry, a way in which we know our world. It is a beautiful example of mankind's attempt to overlay logic, or process as a means to an end. Our Modern experience is a torrent of abstractions. Technology, the double edged sword moves us forward at digital speed, but simultaneously removes us from our empirical world, slowly, gradually, much like the epochal chapters of geology in deep time, and the constant ebb and flow of the tides on what has become known as the water planet. Within the overall scope, everything we know is a singular event within a singular moment.

My exploration has evolved into a personal meditation on the nexus of intellect, devised systems, and the unique circumstances we know as our physical world. As an Artist I have respect for the power witnessed in nature, and it is my hope that we might see it all differently, therefore finding a new appreciation for the richness of our experience."

James David Thomas

Los Angeles, 2008



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