ARTIST STATEMENT
The making of an artist ... nature or nurture?
Graphic Designer to Artist Vincent Thomas

The artist began his creative career entering Sheridan College Graphic Design
program in 1977, not knowing how to draw.
His creative talents were displayed by use of typography, photography, colour and design.

By graduation with a Graphic Design Diploma, and 1 year of Business Management,
he embarked on a 10 year stint as a Book Designer in the Toronto area,
working for publishing houses Mosaic Press, Oxford University Press,
Copp Clark Pitman and Hurtig Publishers. Books and Covers for such writers as
Mary DiMichele, Len Gasparini, Gwendolyn McEwen, Irving Layton and
noted Canadian Artist Harold Town exposed him to a myriad of talented
and eccentric creative talents. His book design career culminated
with the design of Hurtig’s Canada at the Olympic WInter Games
in time for the Calgary Olympic WInter Games in 1988.

In 1987 he returned to Guelph and opened a graphic design company and
since then has designed some of the City’smore recognizable logos including
Magic 106.1 FM, Downtown Guelph, Parks and Recreation.

VISIT GRAPHIC DESIGN & LOGO GALLERY
COMING SOON

In 1997 he established the Art-in-Guelph web site as a test site for the
design of web sites. It quickly became an entity
in its own right and grew into the physical art gallery of the same name until 2002.
The web site continues to boast the works of over 300 artists.

This exposure to hundreds of the city’s visual artists drew him further into the arts
community and its mindset. Despite the lack of a
fine artist’s hand, the thoughts, ideas and creativity bore the markings of an artist,
inside this graphic designer.

The advent of the computer into his daily work brought to him the discovery
of the tool that would tap his artistic (rather than design) talents.

The result is the artistic expression of an artist (Vincent Thomas) using the tool of the designer.
Rich colours and wild effects or calm, natural ‘drawings’ give the artist great reign
over the possibilities. The artist’s ideas are not limited to his/her
‘physical’ limitations/talents in order to express the creative thoughts from within.


VINCENT'S WORK IS CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY AT

GUELPH ARTISANS STORE
Old Quebec Street, Downtown Guelph (519) 829-3792

THE BARBER GALLERY
167 Suffolk Street West, Guelph, Ontrario (519) 824-0821

KLOEPFER GALLERY
18 Pailsey Street, Downtown Guelph, (519) 763-3456






ARTIST SHOWINGS & DISPLAYS


"BARBER GALLERY" Suffolk Street, Guelph, Ongoing 2005
"KLOEPFER GALLERY", Paisley Street, Guelph, Ongoing 2005
“GUELPH CREATIVE ARTS ASSOCIATION” The Artisan Store,
Old Quebec Street, Downtown Guelph - Ongoing, 2004, 2005
GUELPH ARTS FESTIVAL, Old Quebec Street, October 16,17 2004
“ART ON THE STREET” Outdoor Group Show, Downtown Guelph -July 17, 2004
“GUELPH CREATIVE ARTS ASSOCIATION” Guest Artist - December 1 - 14, 2003
“NAWTONTOURE” 5 Artist Show, Guelph Visitor Centre- September 20 - October 18, 2003
“VERIDIAN ” 4 Artist Show, Guelph Country Club - August 16 - Sept. 14 2003
“ART ON THE STREET” Outdoor Group Show, Downtown Guelph -July 19, 2003
“UNNATURAL EFFECTS” On The Verge 110 Wyndham Street, Guelph, - May/June 2003
“ABSTRACT REALITIES with Lisa Lawless, Wyndham Lane Shoes, Guelph, - March, 2003
“THE BEST OF ART-IN-GUELPH” Group Show, Guelph, - Novermber, 2002
“GUELPH 2002” MacDonald Stewart Centre, Guelph, - April 2002
“ILLUSIONS 3” Group Show Salon de Tea Quebec Street, Guelph. - February, 2002
“UNNATURAL EFFECTS” Art-in-Guelph Gallery, Guelph, - (Solo Show) October, 2001
“GUELPH ARTS FESTIVAL” Guelph, ON (Fall Tour) October, 2001



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visits since December 11th, 1997



CONTACT
vincent_thomas_@hotmail.com


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