In our exhibition series at Tinfabriken in Stavanger, this time we invite you to see works by Patrick Thomas.
The exhibition opens Tuesday 29. January 19.00 hrs., as the third event in “Tuesday at Tinfabriken”, a celebration of new art and new music. Every exhibition opening is combined with a concert, and this time it is Tinfabriken’s pleasure to present to the local musician Camilla Rosenlund.
If any artist fits the music and visual art combination, it must be Thomas. The artist is a dedicated music fan, as shows in many of his works. In this exhibition we will show works from his iconic Multiple series as well as the Plectrum series (picture). Thomas is often described as an ‘iconographiste,’ combining iconic images to create a powerful message and make them his own.
The artist explains the origin of his diamond-spangled plectrums like this: “I can never resist the allure of a good old rock ’n’ roll guitar shop. This dates back to my time playing (badly) in bands in my youth before I decided that it would be a better idea to make art. Therefore, on a recent trip to Hamburg, I found myself in one, around the corner from where the Star-Club—where it all began— once stood on a side street of the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli district. I filled my pockets with plectrums, had a beer and made my way back to the station. By the time my train pulled into Berlin main station I had planned the series.
With the deaths of Bowie, George Martin, Lemmy, Dale Griffin, Viola Beach… 2016 has been a tough year for the UK music scene. This series is my homage to them.”
Patrick Thomas was born in Liverpool, UK, and works as a graphic artist, author and educator. He studied a BA (Hons.) degree at Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design, graduating with a first in 1987, and from 1987–89 he studied an MA degree in at the Royal College of Art. In 1991 he relocated to Barcelona where he founded studio laVista in 1997. In 2008 Thomas set up a silkscreen press at the studio and since then has exhibited his limited-edition prints—of which he has published in excess of 150 editions—across five continents where many are now held in private and public collections.
In 2016 he set up his second silkscreen press in Berlin and works between there, Barcelona, London and Stuttgart. Since October 2013 he is a professor at Staatliche Akademie der Bildende Künste Stuttgart. He is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.
Instagram: @xpatrickthomas @patrickthomasstudio
The exhibition is located in the venerable old Tin factory of Stavanger (NO). The intimate banquet hall and oak corridors through the house will be dressed with artwork and at opening night you will meet the artist and musicians. You will be touched and moved, get a bit of reflection – and you’ll be served stories you have not heard before. We guarantee a Tuesday out of the ordinary!
Open: 29. January – 16. March 2019.
Address: Ryfylkegata 45, 4014 Stavanger, Norway.