About Thomas Gibbs
Adelaide born, Melbourne based artist Thomas Gibbs has recently completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting (Victorian College of the Arts).
A contemporary realist painter, Gibbs' work captures subjects moving through, or floating in, colour-infused, dreamlike spaces and landscapes. Optimistically rendering the slow movement of these figures through time and space, Gibbs attempts to materialise in paint the ongoing psychical connections between the inner self and the world around us.
Gibbs' latest work focusses on the human form within the landscape. The figure is seen as displaced, and alien to the land. Challenging familiarity, Gibbs marvels at the wonder and the strangeness of the body.
Gibbs has exhibited widely in Adelaide and Melbourne, including a recent show at Jackson Café Gallery. He is an awardee of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust (2013), the $10,000 Graeme Hildebrand Travel Grant (2012), the Rosetta Kelly Environmental Art Award (2012), and was a finalist for the Metro Arts Prize (2012 and 2011) and the Wallara Travelling Scholarship (2012). He is also serving as the training coordinator for the CAF artist network, and teaches a painting unit for a Bachelor of Arts at Tabor College.