Melanie C Thomas
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Artist's Statement

I am fascinated by the human spirit. I believe at our core we are more similar than different. Universal challenges, struggles, ironies and joys are the common thread life presents to us. Through the human form, I attempt to reveal a state of mind throughout our ever-changing world and life using using shape, proportion and common objects.


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Artist's Biography

I am a native of Chicago. Drawing and painting was a constant in my life. Chicago offered an opportunity to notice and appreciate obvious and vast variations in form, seasons and cultures. It also gave me the opportunity to view the same variations and notice the similarities and patterns thus cementing my appreciation of all things different, extreme and similar. I studied life drawing at The American Academy of Art. I also studied graphic design and illustration and received a degree in Advertising Art and Design but craved the freedom of a studio artist.

From Chicago I moved to London where I further developed my studies in drawing and painting at The American College in London. Later, I kept up my drawing and painting in Houston.

After a move to Austin in 2000 I became involved in a strong art community. My primary focus was to study sculpture. I had the opportunity to enroll in a bronze sculpture class at The Austin Sculpture Center under the instruction of W.C. (Bill) Barnett. My immersion into the sculpting world began.

My early sculptures were two-dimensional ideas being created in three-dimensional form. Finally I began to think about and execute my ideas as three-dimensional forms. It’s very exciting for me to see an idea through from conception to completion.

I currently work out of a studio in my home and take my sculpture to be cast at a local art foundry.


Juried Exhibits

Austin Sculpture Center Exhibit 2003, Julia C. Butridge Gallery, Austin, TX, 2003
Austin Bergstrom International Airport, juried exhibit with Texas Society of Sculptors, 2003
Sculptfest, Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, Austin, TX, 2003 - 2004
Spring Show, Texas Society of Sculptors, Unitarian Universalist Church, Austin, TX, 2003
Travis Heights Art Trail, Austin, TX. 2004-2005
Beeville Coastal Bend Art Show, juried exhibit, 2006
Featured in "Best of America Sculpture Artists Volume II" www.bestofartists.com
AVAA "Austin Figurative Show" -- April, 2012
AVAA "Austin Figurative Show" -- April, 2013
Featured in "Art and Beyond" Nude and Figurative Art Special Issue. Vol. 12, 2013
ART ON THE ROOF -- May 10, 2012
SOFA 2013, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL


Gallery Affiliations

Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
Knox Galleries, Beaver Creek, CO
Knox Galleries, Harbor Springs, MI
Synchronicity Gallery, Glen Arbor, MI
Work exhibited in Green Mountain Energy Co. headquarters, Austin, TX
Austin Galleries, Austin, TX


Memberships

Texas Society of Sculptors
Austin Visual Arts Association


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