Les Thomas2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Les Thomas has been painting for nearly 25 years. He began painting small still lifes and landscapes, in a style similar to what the French historically referred to as intimist or petty bourgeois painting. Although he makes much larger paintings now, he remains a firm believer in art for art's sake, rather than art for the sake of any reason beyond those implied by the work of art itself. He says he is not a wildlife artist. "The figures, landscapes, or animals depicted in my paintings are to be understood as pretexts for the creation of the paintings themselves," he said.
What artist inspires you? Why?
Diego Velazquez is likely the artist I find most inspiring. I greatly appreciate his ability to use a variety of paint application; everything from stains, smears, delicate blending, and impasto. Wonderful variety.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
Ideas for new artworks usually come from something I have previously been working on. For instance, I am always looking for ways in which to reinterpret historical conventions related to painting. Therefore, I tend to use images repeatedly, with the intention of using the image as the point of departure for a new painting. For me, the image is a point of departure rather than a point of arrival.
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
The most inspirational place I have visited to date has been the Skeena River in Northwest British Columbia. It reminds me of New Zealand's South Island.