Born in San Diego, Barbara A. Thomason
received her Master’s degree in printmaking at California
State University, Long Beach. After graduation she worked as
a master printer in Lithography at Gemini G.E.L. for contemporary
artists Frank Stella, Claus Oldenberg, Ellsworth Kelly, Ed
Ruscha and Robert Rauschenberg.
Over the past thirty years Barbara Thomason has had numerous
exhibitions in California. Selected galleries, museums and
university facilities include Space Gallery, representing Thomason
(70’s-80’s); Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Ruth Bachofner Gallery,
Laguna Art Museum, Transamerica Building, Ellie Blankfort Gallery,
Oceanside Museum of Art; Armory Center for the Arts.
"My artwork is not easy to pigeon-hole…it has
evolved in a large spiral. I began as a realist, creating small
watercolors, moved through abstraction and have once again
returned to image-based art. I work in watercolor and oil.
My subject matter …comes out of what I’m interested
in at the time. When my [entire body of] work is looked at
as a whole it is very connected, but covering a wide spectrum
of realistic images and abstractions." -B. Thomason
Thomason has completed site-specific public art pieces such
as the "Gates of Los Angeles," four etched stainless
steel elevator doors” and the "History of Art" mural,
Peppers Art Center, University of Redlands.
"The first casual reading of Thomason’s work still
elicits a ‘realist' interpretation, and only careful
study reveals the tension between unthinking acceptance of
one’s visual surroundings and artistic reinterpretation
of them." -American Artist Magazine
Barbara A. Thomason artwork is found in national and international
art collections. Private collections include: Jasper Johns,
New York; Sojiro Inoue, Tokyo, Japan; Robert Rauschenberg,
Captiva Island; Sharon Sussman, Hawaii; Stanley & Elise
Grinstein, Brentwood; Cindy Kolodziejski, Santa Monica; Anita
May Rosenstein, Beverly Hills; Sidney Felson, Los Angeles:
Michelle Isenberg, Los Angeles, Diana Ross, Los Angeles. Selected
corporate collections: Paramount Pictures; Princess Cruises,
London, England; Peabody Hotel, Orlando, Florida.