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 but I now have a new direction.
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. This website is up to date with AVAILABLE paintings for immediate sale. These are the last of my originals, not being replaced as I am working towards a major event yet to be publicly announced.
Harold Thomas – Darwin 2021