Saturday, June 30, 2012

Family Art, Kenyon Thomas

I wanted to share a bit about my father Kenyon Thomas and his artwork.  He is a master ceramic artist who also paints in pastel and is a fine musician too.  It is very difficult to find words to describe my dad.  He has never written an artist bio and refuses to share about his artwork in a statement, so how can I adequately express his art vision when he is such a private man?  I know he has never pursued art for the glory of being an artist, instead he believes in creating for the sake of the beauty of the artwork itself and that is the greatest satisfaction of all.  He is always true to himself in his art and has developed a very unique style, combining the fine art of pottery making with intricately designed paintings and modern motifs executed precisly on each plate, ginger jar, vase or whatever form for his subject matter.  Every part of the process is done by him alone, from mixing the dry clay, kneading it, throwing it and of course several firings and painting.  He has spent a lifetime developing and perfecting his craft. 

A favorite piece, hanging on my wall,
Crow and Poppies plate, 16"x16".

Not only is he a ceramic artist, he also paints landscapes in pastel.  

Landscape in Pastel

Please be sure to check out his site for more paintings and pottery:

front side


Shanna said...

Insanely beautiful. What a wonderful role model to grow up with.

B. Bagley said...

I have several of your father's pieces, back even when you lived in Santa Fe, which I use or connect with every single day. His expressions are vital and contemplative at the same time; and to have them in, say, a box he made for me for mail with two of my favorite birds on it, is like taking a deep, breath. Family is gifted and fortunate (mother still a weaver?)--and in this day, fulfilled for yourselves--and vicariously, for the rest of us. Thank you all. You have enriched our lives.

Sarah S said...

Thank you for the wonderful comments! They are much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I first met your father at an art show in Santa Fe or Albuquerque in the early 80's. We started collecting pieces from the very beginning. Almost every room in our house has at least one of his works. I just told a story about your dad to my sister-in-law today (which prompted this websearch). In our move 5 years ago, one of my favorite vases was broken. I tracked down your dad - finding that he had moved to Ruidosa and called him. I mailed him the broken vase and had asked him to recreate it in the same colors but instead of fish to draw flamingos. Much to my surprise he not only mailed me the new vase, but the old one put bsck together and touched up where you could not tell that it had been broken. Your dad is not only an artist in ceramics and paint - he is an artist in human relationships. Loved your blog.

Debra Keirce said...

You are such a talented family!