Lex Thomas
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Lex Thomas’ primary concern is the idea of belief. A mistrust in the nature of reality drives this as well as an interest in the stories we tell ourselves. In surveying fictional realities Thomas has examined a range of unexplained natural phenomena, such as the supernatural and paranormal as well as altered psychological states, magic, cults and UFO religions.

Recent work has come about from a combination of automatism, subconscious association and chance. The Prisoner’s Cinema series of drawings was inspired by the phenomena whereby those confined in dark cells for long periods report visual hallucinations. The works were made on the reverse side of photographic paper in reference to experiments in spirit photography.

Working in a similar vein, the starting point for the IFIF paintings are intuitively made clay fetishes that reflect on previous studies in Anthropology and Sociology. The title derives from the International Federation for Internal Freedom, a psychedelic cult founded for the purposes of scientific research, expansion of human consciousness and religious awakening. 

Working instinctively to give physical form to a stream of consciousness continues in the series Djinn, named after the spirits from Islamic mythology that take form to influence humankind for good but usually ill.

The Third Person series is an attempt to make portraits from the inside out, employing accidental and serendipitous ways of working to visualise unconscious chatter and to give form to things one cannot put into words.

Thomas utilises the freeform gesture as a vehicle to make things one cannot see, that are on the edge of becoming and in an attempt to find some recognition in the unknowable.


Lex Thomas (b. 1972, London) read Sociology at the University of Greenwich before studying Fine Art for three years at the University of the West of England. She subsequently gained a Postgraduate Diploma from Chelsea College of Art and is currently studying for a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited in Europe and the States and widely throughout the UK including at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, the Princes Foundation Gallery, the Mall Galleries and Orleans House Gallery. Solo exhibitions have been Of Truth of Clouds, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Berkshire (2013) and Future Proof, Opus Gallery, Newcastle (2011). She has been shortlisted for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, the Rising Stars Prize and won third place in the Woolgather Art Prize. Her work is held in private collections in the UK, USA and Germany as well as the Cill Rialaig Arts Collection, Ireland. In 2016 Thomas published an artists’ book In Search of an Author (ArtCircus Books).



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