Otautahi, Christchurch based Katie Thomas is both a painter and a sculptor. Thomas
gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Ilam in 1994 and a Master of Fine Arts Ilam in 2011. During
the past two decades, Thomas has utilised various materials, including wood, old books
and transparent industrial resin, to produce works which defy specific categorisation.
Since 2008, Thomas has returned to drawing and painting, producing large scale works
where delicate mark making, texture, light and colour overlap. Thomas has artworks in
both private and international collections, including the Te Puna O Waiwheto
Christchurch Art Gallery and Arts House Trust Collection.
“As an abstract painter, landscapes largely influence my work. Rather than an expansive
view, my interest is in the intimate spaces we inhabit, where we engage with nature,
trees, leaves and flowers up close. My aim is to evoke an impression of a place or season
rather than give a literal description of the natural world. An interest in colour and
mark-making dominates my practice. The use of recurring motifs is a means of bringing
cohesion to my works. I aim to produce art which quietly reveals its meaning to the
viewer over time.” - Katie Thomas