Harold Thomas (Bundoo)

I studied fine art at the South Australian School of Art in the 1960’s, graduating with honours in 1971. In those days I spent hundreds of hours at the Art Gallery of SA studying old masters, especially European paintings. I was driven to learn the techniques of creating mood, drama and emotion with paint.

In 1972 I moved back to the Northern Territory with my young family. For more than  45 years I painted my new environment; the Top End of Australia.  I had many sell-out exhibitions of water colours, oils and acrylics celebrating the landscape and wildlife of the Northern Territory. This is what I am best known for.

I have now gone back to my youthful passion: Painting human drama and emotion using observed techniques from early years. In 2016 I was honoured to win the prestigious Aboriginal art prize NATSIAA with my entry ‘Tribal Abduction’. In 2017 my painting ‘Myal Creek Massacre’ was selected for NATSIAA. My most recent is ‘The Poison Chalice,’ about faith and law, a clash of cultures.

Please see THE ARTIST for a broader story of my journey so far. Every effort is being made to keep this website up to date with AVAILABLE paintings. these are all originals, not being replaced because I am now painting human drama.

Harold Thomas – Darwin 2021

Tribal Abduction

Tribal Abduction

Thomas’ work Tribal abduction was selected as the overall winner of the 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) from more than 240 entries and 75 finalists. This inspiring painting by one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal artists and Territorian Harold Thomas, himself a member of the Stolen Generations, speaks to the legacy of…
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Myall Creek

Myal Creek Masacre

  MYAL CREEK MASSACRE 2017 This painting is a further extension of my continued interest in Australia’s history. Particularly the confronting issues of conflict between Aboriginals and the colonists, Frontier Wars. As a figurative artist painting in oils I have placed myself with a challenging exercise;  the crafting of multiple figures in a way that…
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