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‘Home’, Acrylic on board ‘Lavender Blue’, Acrylic on canvas ‘Birds’, Acrylic on canvas ‘Nest’, willow and felt ‘Felt Pebbles’ ‘Pods and Seeds’ pastel on paper 'Queen' felt,wire, wax.

Mai Thomas

Artist statement

I was born and brought up in North Wales and my work has always been influenced directly by the diversity in the landscape around me. I now live in the beautiful Ceiriog Valley on the Welsh borders.

My studies at the Central School of Art and The Royal College of Art in London focused my attention on painting. I painted large scale works which pictured gardens and outdoor spaces, some describing events and encounters within them. I have always been fascinated by natural forms and plants, their sculptural and textural qualities. Over recent years I have developed my ideas by making 3D forms out of natural materials both sheep’s fleece and willow. My recent focus has been to make my work and materials sustainable and develop new techniques of growing my own materials.

Education

Secondary Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge.
1982 - 83 Gwynedd Technical College Arts Foundation Course
1983 - 86 Central School of Art and Design , London BA Hons Fine Art
1987 - 89 Royal College of Art, London MA Fine Art
2004 - 05 Gwent College, Forest School Leadership Level 3
2005 - 06 Chester University PGCE
2012 (on going) Glyndwr University PhD

Solo Exhibitions

2012 Testbed Oriel Davies, Newtown
2011 'Weaving through Tradition'. The Ruthin Craft Centre and The Cywain
Centre, Bala
1993 Earth and Air, Quay Arts Centre, Newport, I.O.W
Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales.
1987 Homerton Hospital, Day Centre, London
In Memory of the Fallen’, Oriel U.C.N.W.Bangor

Group exhibitions

2011 'Welsh Artists', The Willow Gallery, Oswestry
2011 'Getting closer to Wildflower Seeds’, The National Wildflower Centre, Liverpool
2009 Art In Nature, Wepre Park Visitor’s Centre, Connahs Quay
2008 'Drawing on', Rhyl Arts Centre
2004 Bodelwyddan Castle, Bodelwyddan
2002 Welsh Artists, Oriel Mon, Gwynedd
1999 'The Nature of Things', Black Swan Gallery, Somerset
1998 Young Wales ,The Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy
The Garden Gallery, Quay Arts Centre, I.O.W
1997 Quay Open, Quay Arts Centre, I.O.W
1996 The National Eisteddfod, Bala
1995 The Bayers Earth Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London
The Oxford Gallery, Oxford
Oriel Davies, Open Exhibiton, Newtown
The Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh
1992 C.A.S Art Market, Smiths Gallery, London
1991 The European Grand Tour, Quay Arts Centre Denmark, Brussels, Santander
1990 Tom Tempest Radford Collections, Bishopsgate, London
C.A.S Market, Smiths Gallery, London
1989 Mai Thomas and Tracey Beckerley, Todd Gallery, London.
Long and Ryle Int. I.C.A.F, Olympia, London
'The New Generation' Bonhams, London
Works on Paper, Todd Gallery, London
1988 The Leicestershire Collection, Beaumanor Hall Loughborough
I.C.A.F, Olympia, London.
Contemporary Arts Society Market, Smiths Gallery,London.
'Barclays Young Painter Award', Royal College of Art, London
Artist 89’, Chelsea Harbour, London.
1987 'Eight Painters', 24 Rathbone Street, London
Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Funding for exhibitions and awards

C.V.S Award ‘Journeys and Encounters’, Burston Award, Royal College of Art Artist ’89 Travel Prize, Arts Council for Wales, Southern Arts, Isle of Wight Council, Flintshire County Council. The Arts Council for Wales individual grant for my ‘Weaving through Tradition’ project. The Princes Foundation for the Arts.

Public and private collections

Welsh Contemporary Arts Society
St. Mary’s Hospital, I.O.W
Unilever Plc
Rosehaugh and Stanhope Developers

Private homes in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Austrailia, France and Britain