Jesse Thomas: Songs from the Labyrinth – curious arts

Songs from the Labyrinth

Prof’s painting exhibit in FAB Gallery an opportunity for imaginative contemplation

Jesse Thomas’ compositions are constructed from several spheres or lenses of observation, such as the constructed (history, culture, personal identity, nostalgia) and the empirical (imagery drawn from direct observation). His paintings unfold in dream-like, delineated narratives which leave much for the viewer to explore, both on a visual level and on a cerebral plane. Through your visual experience of Songs from the Labyrinth, Thomas hopes a certain poetry and logic reveals itself, leaving you contemplating the question of how form determines content.

Detail of painting from Songs from the Labyrinth by Jesse Thomas
Small paintings by Jesse Thomas from Songs from the Labyrinth
Three paintings from Songs from the Labyrinth by Jesse Thomas
Painting from Songs from the Labyrinth by Jesse Thomas

Jesse Thomas

Jesse Thomas is Assistant Professor in Painting at the University of Alberta. Paintings from his most recent series, The Cerulean Brigade, were the subject of solo exhibitions at Robert Bills Contemporary in Chicago and the Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco. In 2011 and 2012, his paintings were featured at NEXT in Chicago and AQUA in Miami, and work from this series was also selected to appear in New American Paintings in 2010 and 2011. Jesse has taught Painting, Drawing, and 2D Design at Washington University in St Louis since 2003. In the fall semester of 2007 he taught painting and drawing in Cortona, Italy for the University of Georgia. He also taught painting classes in Florence, Italy for WUSTL in the summer sessions of 2005 and 2007.

Exhibition title: Jesse Thomas: Songs from the Labyrinth
Exhibition dates: until February 14, 2015
Venue:FAB Gallery (1-1 Fine Arts Building)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 2 – 5 p.m.
Admission: Free

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