Samantha Thomas

Samantha Thomas’ artistic practice is unique and idiosyncratic. Restraining herself to a palette of raw canvas, thread and acrylic paint, Thomas’ work explores the play between common studio materials and abstraction. Jagged extrusions, folded thresholds and frenetically woven strands of thread transform her canvases into paintings that are, at once, physical, architectural and sculptural. While each piece defies the flatness of the canvas, her work still speaks to the language and legacy of painting and drawing.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Staycation, April 7 – May 30, 2020.

Complex Systems of Communication, March 19 – April 23, 2016

Samantha Thomas

1980
Born in McAllen, Texas.
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Education

2004
BFA Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2020
TBD, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming)
2016
Complex Systems of Communication, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
ARCOmadrid, with Anat Ebgi, Madrid, SP
2014
LANDSCAPIFICATION, RH Contemporary, New York, NY
2013
Texture/Parameter, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Preview, Gehry Partners, Los Angeles, CA
Multipliticies, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
New Gallery, Thom Andriola, Houston, TX
2005
Samantha Thomas, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Group Exhibitions

2019
Frieze New York, with Anat Ebgi, NY
The Conversation, Anat Ebgi at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
2018
Pussy, King of Pirates, Maccarone, Los Angeles, CA
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
2017
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
Untitled, with Anat Ebgi, San Francisco, CA
2016
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
2015
Salon NO.13, Marine Projects, Venice, CA
2013
Landscape, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
2012
MOCA Fresh, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Ghost Town, L&M Arts, Venice, CA
2011
THE DELTA, curated by Alexys Schwartz, Alexys Schwartz Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Speculative Materialism, D-block projects, Long Beach, CA
2010
Venice Artists, Here Is Elsewhere Gallery, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
2009
Uli and Lucrecia's lustige gruppenausstellung MIT party, Five Thirty Three, Los Angeles, CA
2008
5 Year Anniversary Show, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
Ebb and Flow, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
2006
LA Remix, Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, FR
LA Now, Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, FR
(Keep Feeling) Fascination, curated by Julie Joyce, The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, LA, CA
2005
Pink, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Residencies

2018
After & Again, Oaxaca, Mexico

Selected Press

2016
Sharon Mizota, “Folded, pleated, burned, torn: Artist Samantha Thomas’ tactile webs of intrigue,” Los Angeles Times, April 4, 2016.
Lisa Adams, “Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2016: Through the Eyes of a Painter,” Huffington Post, January 29, 2016. (Link)
2015
Daniel Cabrera, “Who is Samantha Thomas?,” Bustle, September 14, 2014.
2014
Elizabeth Weinberg, “California Dreamin’”, Baku Magazine, Autumn 2014.
“Inaugural exhibitions: 9 Nov 2013 — 25 Jan 2014 at RH Contemporary Art in New York, United States,” Wall Street International, November 2014.
2013
Catherine Damman, “Samantha Thomas at LAXART,” Art in America, November 22, 2013.
Raka Sen, “5 Emerging Artists From RH Contemporary Art,” Complex, November 9, 2013. (Link)
Fan Zhong, “Restoration Hardware Gets Contemporary,” W Magazine, November 7, 2013. (Link)
“Q&A with Artist Samantha Thomas,” New York Spaces, Autumn 2013.
Sam Cochran, “RH Contemporary Art Gallery Opens in New York,” Architectural Digest, October 31, 2013.
Dawn Chan, “Restoration Hardware’s Next Move? A Quarterly Journal for Art Lovers,” T Magazine, October 30, 2013.
Alice Gregory, “A Home Furnishings Visionary Takes On High Culture,” T Magazine, October 3, 2013.
Nikki Grattan, “Samantha Thomas,” In the Make, September 2013.
Johnie Gall, “Venice Beach Surfer Pushes Boundaries of Traditional Canvas Art,” Foam Magazine, September 19, 2013.
2011
Reggie Casagrande, “State of Mind: Samantha Thomas, LipstickTracez, August 19, 2011.

Samantha Thomas

BIOGRAPHY

CV

Samantha Thomas Untitled (Fleur), 2019
Acrylic on canvas, Diameter 22 inches / 55.9 cm
Samantha Thomas Fleur (Gardenia), 2020
Acrylic on canvas Diameter 40 inches / 101.6 cm
Samantha Thomas Texture Study, 2019
Acrylic on canvas, stacked 20 x 16 inches / 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Detail
Samantha Thomas Complex Systems, 2019
Acrylic and thread on canvas 59.8 x 84 inches / 151.8 x 213.4 cm
Samantha Thomas Pink Intruder, 2018
Acrylic on canvas Diameter 79 inches / 175.3 cm
Samantha Thomas California Poppy, 2019
Acrylic on canvas 37 x 37 inches / 94 x 94 cm
Samantha Thomas Texture Study, 2017
Acrylic, rope on canvas 22 x 20 x 5 inches / 55.9 x 50.8 x 12.7 cm
Samantha Thomas Continental Drift #5, 2018
Acrylic, oil, thread, and linen on canvas, 42 x 36 inches / 106.7 x 91.4 cm
Samantha Thomas Texture Study, 2017
Thread and acrylic on canvas 20 x 13 inches / 50.8 x 30.5 cm
Samantha Thomas Blood Orange, 2017
Acrylic on canvas 20 x 16 inches / 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Samantha Thomas Continental Drift #4 , 2017
Acrylic, oil, thread, and linen on canvas, framed 50 x 40 inches / 127 x 101.6 cm
Samantha Thomas Texture Study, 2017
Acrylic on canvas 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 3 inches / 31.8 x 24.1 x 7.6 cm
Samantha Thomas Continental Drift #3, 2017
Acrylic, thread on linen 12 x 9 1/2 inches / 30.5 x 24.1 cm
Samantha Thomas Continental Drift #2 , 2017
Linen, thread, acrylic and oil on canvas 46 x 38 inches / 116.8 x 96.5 cm
Samantha Thomas Complex Systems #8, 2014-2015
Thread, acrylic, on canvas 44 x 33 inches / 111.8 x 83.8 cm
Samantha Thomas Texture Study, 2017
Acrylic on burlap 14 x 11 inches / 35.6 x 27.9 cm
Samantha Thomas Cartography #7 , 2017
Linen, thread, and acrylic on canvas 60 x 75 inches / 152.4 x 190.5 cm
Samantha Thomas Landscapification #17 , 2016
Acrylic, thread and charcoal on canvas over panel 48 x 34 inches / 121.9 x 86.4 cm
Samantha Thomas Cartography #1 (NS), 2016
Acrylic, thread, burlap and canvas 10 x 8 inches / 25.4 x 20.3 cm
Samantha Thomas Untitled, 2016
Acrylic, thread and canvas 44 1/2 x 44 1/2 inches / 113 x 113 cm
Samantha Thomas LANDSCAPIFICATION #16, 2015
Acrylic, thread and charcoal on canvas over panel 44 x 34 inches / 111.8 x 86.4 cm
Samantha Thomas Somewhere in Between, 2015
Acrylic and thread on canvas over panel 53 x 49 x 5 1/2 inches / 134.6 x 124.5 x 14 cm
Samantha Thomas Complex Systems of Communication, Installation view, 2016
Samantha Thomas Spatial Relation, 2015 – 2016
Acrylic on Linen 72 x 48 inches / 182.9 x 121.9 cm
Samantha Thomas Complex Systems of Communication, Installation view, 2016
Samantha Thomas Complex Systems #4, 2016
Acrylic and thread on canvas, framed 60 x 90 inches / 152.4 x 228.6 cm
Samantha Thomas Cartography #6, 2016
Thread, acrylic and linen on canvas 60 x 84 inches / 152.4 x 213.4 cm
Samantha Thomas Complex Systems of Communication, Installation view, 2016
Samantha Thomas Complex Systems #5, 2014-2015
Acrylic and thread on canvas 55 x 46 inches / 139.7 x 116.8 cm
Samantha Thomas Complex Systems of Communication, Installation view, 2016
Samantha Thomas Untitled (Vortex) #1
Acrylic, oil and thread on canvas 48 x 36 x 5 inches / 121.9 x 116.8 x 12.7 cm
Samantha Thomas LANDSCAPIFICATION #6, 2012-2013
Thread on canvas 72 1/2 x 60 x 4 1/2 inches / 184.2 x 152.4 x 11.4 cm
Samantha Thomas
Texture/Parameter, Installation view at LAXART, 2013
Samantha Thomas
Installation view at RH Contemporary Art, 2013

BIOGRAPHY

Samantha Thomas’ artistic practice is unique and idiosyncratic. Restraining herself to a palette of raw canvas, thread and acrylic paint, Thomas’ work explores the play between common studio materials and abstraction. Jagged extrusions, folded thresholds and frenetically woven strands of thread transform her canvases into paintings that are, at once, physical, architectural and sculptural. While each piece defies the flatness of the canvas, her work still speaks to the language and legacy of painting and drawing.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Staycation, April 7 – May 30, 2020.

Complex Systems of Communication, March 19 – April 23, 2016

CV

Samantha Thomas

1980
Born in McAllen, Texas.
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Education

2004
BFA Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2020
TBD, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming)
2016
Complex Systems of Communication, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
ARCOmadrid, with Anat Ebgi, Madrid, SP
2014
LANDSCAPIFICATION, RH Contemporary, New York, NY
2013
Texture/Parameter, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Preview, Gehry Partners, Los Angeles, CA
Multipliticies, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
New Gallery, Thom Andriola, Houston, TX
2005
Samantha Thomas, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Group Exhibitions

2019
Frieze New York, with Anat Ebgi, NY
The Conversation, Anat Ebgi at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
2018
Pussy, King of Pirates, Maccarone, Los Angeles, CA
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
2017
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
Untitled, with Anat Ebgi, San Francisco, CA
2016
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
2015
Salon NO.13, Marine Projects, Venice, CA
2013
Landscape, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
2012
MOCA Fresh, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Ghost Town, L&M Arts, Venice, CA
2011
THE DELTA, curated by Alexys Schwartz, Alexys Schwartz Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Speculative Materialism, D-block projects, Long Beach, CA
2010
Venice Artists, Here Is Elsewhere Gallery, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
2009
Uli and Lucrecia's lustige gruppenausstellung MIT party, Five Thirty Three, Los Angeles, CA
2008
5 Year Anniversary Show, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
Ebb and Flow, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
2006
LA Remix, Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, FR
LA Now, Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, FR
(Keep Feeling) Fascination, curated by Julie Joyce, The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, LA, CA
2005
Pink, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Residencies

2018
After & Again, Oaxaca, Mexico

Selected Press

2016
Sharon Mizota, “Folded, pleated, burned, torn: Artist Samantha Thomas’ tactile webs of intrigue,” Los Angeles Times, April 4, 2016.
Lisa Adams, “Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2016: Through the Eyes of a Painter,” Huffington Post, January 29, 2016. (Link)
2015
Daniel Cabrera, “Who is Samantha Thomas?,” Bustle, September 14, 2014.
2014
Elizabeth Weinberg, “California Dreamin’”, Baku Magazine, Autumn 2014.
“Inaugural exhibitions: 9 Nov 2013 — 25 Jan 2014 at RH Contemporary Art in New York, United States,” Wall Street International, November 2014.
2013
Catherine Damman, “Samantha Thomas at LAXART,” Art in America, November 22, 2013.
Raka Sen, “5 Emerging Artists From RH Contemporary Art,” Complex, November 9, 2013. (Link)
Fan Zhong, “Restoration Hardware Gets Contemporary,” W Magazine, November 7, 2013. (Link)
“Q&A with Artist Samantha Thomas,” New York Spaces, Autumn 2013.
Sam Cochran, “RH Contemporary Art Gallery Opens in New York,” Architectural Digest, October 31, 2013.
Dawn Chan, “Restoration Hardware’s Next Move? A Quarterly Journal for Art Lovers,” T Magazine, October 30, 2013.
Alice Gregory, “A Home Furnishings Visionary Takes On High Culture,” T Magazine, October 3, 2013.
Nikki Grattan, “Samantha Thomas,” In the Make, September 2013.
Johnie Gall, “Venice Beach Surfer Pushes Boundaries of Traditional Canvas Art,” Foam Magazine, September 19, 2013.
2011
Reggie Casagrande, “State of Mind: Samantha Thomas, LipstickTracez, August 19, 2011.