Thomas transforms life drawings on hand-painted papers into colorful, tactile geometric abstractions. Viewed from a distance, you see patterns and columns of color. Yet a more intimate view reveals glimpses of faces, hands, torsos, etc. The organic lines of the drawn figure add warmth and vitality to the composition, and the viewer is invited to discover the human forms within the abstract structure.
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Thomas Morphis was raised in Spokane, Washington, then moved to Portland, Oregon, where he completed a BFA in painting at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Then he moved to Michigan where he received an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art . Soon after, he began a 25-year career as Art Professor at a liberal arts college in the Napa Valley. He taught painting, drawing, design and other 2-D courses, and was director of the college art gallery. During this time he also was a prolific artist - to date he has had 24 solo exhibitions and has been included in nearly 80 group exhibitions. No longer teaching, Morphis is now creating paintings in a new direction which combines abstraction and figure drawing.