Professor David Thomas Full Staff Profile

Professor David Thomas

Professor David Thomas has taught in the RMIT School of Art since 1992, where he is a Professor of Fine Art.

David Thomas was born in Belfast N. Ireland in 1951. He arrived in Australia in 1958.

Thomas studied art and education at University of Melbourne graduating in the 1970s. He travelled in Asia and lived in Europe. He returned to Australia and had his first solo exhibition in 1981. He holds an M.A. by Research in Fine Arts and a Ph.D. from RMIT University. 

His paintings, photopaintings and painting/installations exploit colour, humour, time and timing in composite ways to enable knowing and feeling to be considered. His work is informed by eastern and western monochrome painting.

He has received: Australia Council, AGNSW, Arts Victoria International Development grants and undertaken residencies at the Cité International des Arts  Paris, France, Two Rooms Gallery Auckland, New Zealand, the Centre for Drawing Research, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London and the Porthmeor Studios, St Ives, UK.

He has exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Taiwan, China , Singapore, the USA and Europe, including: the National Gallery of Victoria, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne,  Museum of  Modern Art  at Heide, Melbourne, Centre for  Contemporary Photography Melbourne,  ACP  Sydney, Kunsthalle  Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck, Germany, Australian Embassy Paris, Talbot Rice Gallery, Scotland . Auckland  Art Gallery New Zealand..

He has curated exhibitions and has written on eastern and western art in relation to time and the monochrome.

His work is represented in public collections including: The National Gallery of Victoria, The Australian National Gallery, Canberra. Art Bank, Trinity College, The University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Cripp’s Collection (Australia and UK), Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, N.Z., Canterbury University, Christchurch, N.Z., Lim Lip Museum, Gong Ju, S. Korea, Theodor F. Leifeld Stiftung, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, and in in private collections in Australia, USA, France, Germany, NZ, Singapore, and the UK,.