Artists > Andrew Thomas
I have always thought of musical instruments as truly funtional works of art with their beautiful designs and their dynamic harmonic ranges and being an amateur violinist/musician found myself inspired to design these sculptures which reflect in a modern way the instruments classic heritage combined with the interpretation of the tonal waves.
The styles of the instruments are an evolution of design ideas that I have been developing since 1993. I looked at each part of the instruments individually and visualised how the vibration of the notes being played would resonate from it. The consideration of the physical movements of the musician were another important factor in the design as their passion for their art affects the mood of the music and the feel of this visual information of 'sound' form.
Andrew Thomas is a professional sculptor living in Wareham, Dorset, UK. He is mainly self-educated but was also taught by the world famous sculptor 'Ian Norbury' in 1992.
He has over twenty years of experience on the subject and has been professional since 1993. His mediums are principally bronze, wood and various metals. His work can be seen in many private collections both in the UK and Europe.
Andrew is also a qualified tutor in further education and delivers weekly lessons for private students at both beginner and intermediate levels. Over the years he has authored many 'How to' articles for the Guild of Master Craftsmen publication 'Wood Carving' and also the Highbury Leisure Magazines 'Woodworker' and Practical Woodworking'.
Andrew has worked with several different styles of form including; realism, abstract, cubism and constructivism. The diversity of the works that he has created in these styles has been a major contribution to his technical and personal development as an artist and enabled him to deeply connect with his inner creative being which he feels is truly the most important influence of his work.
His aspiration is to produce works of art that have been studied, contemplated and allowed to 'be' by their own right for existence. The viewer has an equally important function in partnership with the art as the purpose of form is to be 'switched on' and to challenge its observer, evoking emotions that enrich them and deeply connect them with the essence of the form.
Andrew has won many prestigious awards for his work including three international gold medals at Ascot 1997, Wembley 2000 and Alexandra Palace 2002.
Past and Present Exhibitions
2009 'Spring into Summer' Exhibition, Gallery LeFort Fine Art, Bath
2009 Turner Fine Arts
2009 UK Fine Arts
2009 Focus Gallery, Nottingham
2009 Walker Contemporary Gallery, Harrogate
2009 Montpellier Gallery, Stratford upon Avon
2009 Artifex, Birmingham
2009 Number Nine Gallery, Birmingham
2008 Royal WEst of England Academy, 156th Autumn Exhibition
2008 Birmingham Art Fair
2008 Llangollen Art Exhibition
2008 Focus Gallery, Nottingham
2008 Walker Contemporary Gallery, Harrogate
2008 Defined Art Gallery, Esher
2008 Montpellier Gallery, Stratford Upon Avon
2008 Artifex - Birmingham
2008 Number Nine Gallery, Birmingham
2007 Royal West of England Academy, 155th Autumn Exhibition
2007 The Summer Fair Olympia, London
2007 The Walker Gallery, Harrogate
2007 Defined Art Gallery, Esher
2007 Dorset County Arts Exhibition
2006 Project Workshops, Salisbury
2004 Paint 2004
2004 Dorset Art Weeks
2003 Paint 2003
2002 Royal Bath adn West
2001 Tithe Barn, Swanage, Dorset
2001 Alexandra Palace, London
2001 Royal Bath and West
2000 Wembley Exhibition Centre, London
2000 Royal Bath and West
1999 Dorset County Arts Exhibition
1999 BriMarc, Warwick
1999 Wembley Exhibition Centre
1998 Dorset County Arts Exhibition
1997 Royal Ascot
1996 Dorset Gallery
1996 Dorset Art Weeks
1995 Wembley Exhibition Centre, London
1994 Dorset Gallery
1994 Dorset County Arts Ehxibition
1994 Sandown Park, Esher.
Three iInternational Gold Medals
INternational Bronze Medal
Five INternational first Prize awards
Five International 'Runner up' awards