Katie Thomas
Dec 2006

1970        Born Christchurch

1994        Graduated BFA (painting) University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts

2011         Master of Fine Art, Painting major, University of Canterbury

Christchurch based artist Katie Thomas is known for her abstract paintings that employ the use of repetition and layers. Thomas’ works are developed intuitively, and the layers are worked upon until she reaches a feeling of completeness.  The works fluctuate between two and three dimensions, while the top layer consciously acknowledges the works surface, through closer inspection layers of web like grids emerge that greater depth and dimension. Ignoring the traditional structured grid Thomas’ lines organically ebb and flow emanating a sense of growth and transformation that enriches the sense of spacial ambiguity. 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012        The Seventh Day, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

2008        Look Again, Campbell Grant Galleries, Christchurch

                Between The Lines, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

2006        Casting Purls, Campbell Grant Galleries, Christchurch

2004        Dwell, Campbell Grant Galleries, Christchurch

2003        Walk the Day, Campbell Grant Galleries, Christchurch

2001        Manifest, The Center of Contemporary Art, Christchurch

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014        Living Realms, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

2010      Christmas Exhibition, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

                Surface Tension, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga               

                COCA Anthony Harper Award, Finalist, Christchurch

2009      Wallace Art Awards, Auckland (finalist)

                COCA Awards, Center of Contemporary Art, Christchurch (merit award)

2008      Christmas Show, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

                Shift/ing, final exhibition, Campbell Grant Galleries, Christchurch

2006      Christmas Exhibition, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

2005      Found, Campbell Grant Galleries, Christchurch

2002      Shift, Campbell Grant Galleries, Christchurch

                Wallace Art Awards, Auckland

2001      CoCA Awards, Center of Contemporary Art, Christchurch (merit award)


Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Whaiwetu

The James Wallace Arts Trust

Private collections in New Zealand, United States, Australia

Selected Bibliography

Brown, Warwick, ‘Seen This Century, 100 Contemporary New Zealand Artists’, 2009

Duncan, Margaret.  ‘Twice Alive’, The Press, 24 Sept 2003, C2

Irish, Gina. Dwell, Campbell Grant Galleries, Christchurch, 2004

Irish, Gina. ‘Christchurch’, Art New Zealand 119/Winter 2006, pp. 46-47 (coll illus)

Shiels, Rosa.  ‘Shining tablets of mystery’, The Press, 17 September 2003, C3 (coll illus)

Wood, Andrew Paul. ‘Paintings to get excited about’, The Press, 19 March 2008, D3 (coll illus)


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