Artist Statement : "My
concentration during the past forty years to the present is
to create images that point to the possibility of transcendence
[exceeding our usual human limits]." Matthew Thomas' work
is inspired by the rituals, customs and symbolic forms of the
Eastern, African, and Native American cultures. The resulting
effect is "…mysterious, radiant and transformational,
like the awe and wonder of the mysteries of the universe [and
nature] (Shirle Gottlieb, Long Beach Press Telegram).
Exhibit Title : Circles
Smooth and thick layers of encaustic (wax) resemble water, clouds,
fog and sand to reveal glimpses of an open sky and an earthly
map, creating the mysterious "sphere-tuality" of
our living planet. Acrylic paint and encaustic wax process
on wood; wood-burning.
Exhibit Title : Rhythm of Patterns
Sacred geometric patterns inspire these works. The meeting of
physical science and the mysteries of the universe come together to resemble
celestial charts, medieval maps and other-world mythic delineations. Acrylic
paint, paper, copper, silk, gold leaf and encaustic wax processes have been
used to create the ancient awe and wonder of the universe.
Exhibit Title : Visual Tones
Reflections of flickering light and jewel tones from distant stars, as seen through
earth’s atmosphere, come to life in these universal tonal patterns. Acrylic
paint and pencil on wood. Encaustic Wax Process: Painting hot bees-wax, mixed
with colored pigment, on stone statues and other structures. Found throughout
ancient Egypt, Greece; and Rome. Copper Embossing: drawing with a pen on thin
copper sheet; reversing the image.