Photo: Michael Mathers

 

Artist's Statement

Most of us have seen it all our lives, in movies and photographs, but until you stand under it, you haven’t really seen it—the Eiffel Tower. In person, this masterwork of structural design is overwhelmingly beautiful. Since my first visit to Paris this past spring, I have attempted to put on paper the strength, power, and intricate delicateness of this structure. Every day it looks different, on paper as it did in person. I fell hard for the city as a whole. Much of this show reflects my sense of Paris--its cobblestone streets, corner cafes and shops, street markets, rooftops, the individual designs of the Metro stations, yet there still remain more impressions that can’t be put on paper, or even described. Paris also gave me a renewed look at my own surroundings--the endlessly beautiful world of the river, the ships, our own street corners--of which I will never tire.

 

Biography

Since 1990, Noel Thomas has been painting watercolors out of his Astoria, OR studio. Born in Longview, WA, Thomas studied watercolor and graduated with distinction from Los Angeles Art Center College. He went on to pursue a 15-year career in advertising art in New York and Los Angeles. Returning to the Northwest in 1974, Thomas and his wife Pat began a business of creating aged miniature houses for collectors and museums. Thomas’s watercolors can be seen at the Riversea Gallery in Astoria.


Education:
1961 Graduated with Distinction from Art Center School of Design, Los Angeles.

Professional Achievement, Awards:
2008: NWWS Open Exhibition, First Place Award for "Chris' News"
2007: NWWS Open Exhibition, Golden Artist Color Award
2006: NWWS Open Exhibition
2005: NW Watercolor Society Waterworks Exhibit
2004: NW Watercolor Society Waterworks Exhibit: Bellevue Art & Frame Award
2002: American Watercolor Society Int’l. Exhibition, New York, NY
2002: NW Watercolor Society Open Exhibition: Winsor & Newton Painting Award
2001: Signature Member, American Watercolor Society
2001: American Watercolor Society Int’l. Exhibition, New York, NY
2000: American Watercolor Society Int’l. Exhibition, New York, NY
2000: Salmagundi Club Exhibition, New York, NY
1998: American Watercolor Society Int’l. Exhibition, New York, NY
1998: Int’l. Guild of Miniature Artisans Crystal Award for lifetime achievement
1997: Salmagundi Club Non-Member Exhibition, New York, NY
1997: NWWS Open Exhibition: Signature Member
1996: NW Watercolor Society Members’ Show: Honorable mention
1996: Publication of “Cranberry Bogs,” in
Splash 4, North Light Books (11/96)
1994: NW Watercolor Society Open Exhibition: award winner
1993: NW Watercolor Society Members’ Show
1988: Fellow: International Guild of Miniature Artisans
1977: Academy of Honor: National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts
1974: Started business Open House:1/12 scale miniature architecture
1973: CLIO award: art direction
1973: Art Direction award: Art Directors’ Club of Los Angeles
1972-74: Art Director: Needham, Harper & Steers Advertising, Los Angeles
1967: ANDY award: Advertising Writers’ Club of New York
1965-66: Award for art direction: Art Directors’ Club of New York
Award for art direction:
Art Direction magazine
1962-70: Art Director: Doyle, Dane, Bernbach, Jack Tinker & Partners, NY
1961: Art Director: General Motors, Detroit

Exhibitions:
1998-present: RiverSea Gallery, Astoria, OR
1997 Ricciardi Gallery, Astoria, OR: one-man show
1996 Buckley Center Gallery, Univ. of Portland, Portland, OR: one-man show
1995-present: McGrath Dunham Gallery, Castine, ME
1993-1997: represented by Ricciardi Gallery
1990: Wiegardt Gallery, Ocean Park, WA: one-man show

Miniatures:
Buildings, and watercolors. All work in private collections and museums. Workshops taught at locations throughout the US. Information at www.thomasopenhouse.com.