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Lenore Thomas

Lenore Thomas

Artistic Category artist
Career Level Professional
Experienced With Collaboration, Commissions, Leading workshops, Lectures, Speaking engagements, Teaching engagements

Perception and personal observation provide the foundation for my most recent “landscape series,” which consists of mixed-media prints and paintings based on recreating the observed landscape through layers of overlapping abstract shapes. Grounded in pastoral midwestern topography, the series has grown to include rural sites of Western Pennsylvania, Maryland, Tennessee, and West Virginia. As I travel from one location to another I photograph the landscapes that capture my interest. In general I am intrigued by landscapes that have an ambiguous sense of space, scale, distance and depth. Through my sketches, Photoshop experimentation, and color choices, I translate the landscapes into basic shapes and forms creating a flat, geometric interpretation of the original photograph. The flexibility of printmaking fosters this investigation; through multiple plate etchings and screenprinting I can build an image with a dozen or more layers in one piece. I am interested in the tension between the flat colors I choose and the sense of space and perspective created by the abstracted forms.


Two other elements also come into play - the background pattern and the choice of a title of each series. The backgrounds have evolved from the first series in 2011 which were based on either aesthetic preferences or patterns extracted or documented at actual locations (a grate in Pittsburgh, fragments from Missouri and Oklahoma). For the most recent backgrounds I am interested in the mathematical diagram of a hepteract, which represents three-dimensional images of a seven cube. For some, this pattern may be seen as purely decorative, but to others (especially mathematicians) the patterns reveal complex geometric representations of volume and space. Upon seeing the hepteract and other hypercubes, it became clear to me that these diagrams added another layer of perception to my landscapes. The carefully selected titles for this series have become an essential part of my process, as I want the text to have some specific, if non-literal, reference to the locations I am depicting. Recalling the comment of a friend on a particular sunrise he saw in Wisconsin - “This sunrise is like being in love” – I use his poetic response as an evocative title in combination with the specific to create an entry point for the abstracted images.  


Lenore Thomas is a mixed-media artist whose current prints and paintings explore abstract forms that layer upon each other to create imagery suggestive of landscape. She is simultaneously interested in the flatness generated by color and the sense of space and perspective created by the abstracted forms. Her artwork has been shown in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Estonia, China, Argentina, Portugal and Malaysia. She has been a resident fellow at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, Anchor Graphics in Chicago, Illinois and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2014 she was awarded a Flight School Fellowship, a professional development program that works with Creative Capital and is sponsored by the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Thomas received her MFA in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in Religious Studies and a BA in Fine Arts from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her dogs, Vader and Wiley. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Studio Arts at the University of Pittsburgh.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15218

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  • Drawing
  • Mixed-media
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Installation
  • Sound / Audio
  • Sculpture


  • Acrylic
  • Acrylic paint
  • Collage
  • Color field
  • Etching
  • Minimalist
  • Other
  • Pop
  • Silkscreen
  • Wax
  • Digital manipulation
  • Landscape
  • Modern
  • Paper
  • Stencil
  • Video
  • Abstract