The art of Roy Thomas is featured at Thunder Bay Art Gallery this summer
"Vision Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas" is the title of a major retrospective featured at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery this summer.
Sharon Godwin, director of the art gallery, said the exhibit is an appropriate summation of how this Ojibwa artist interacted with and viewed the world. “The circle of life–birth, life, death, the four seasons, the medicine wheel and the circling embrace of family and ancestors–are all extremely important elements in Thomas’s work,” said Godwin. “In works of art that are full of color and symbolism, Thomas tells stories, describes relationships between the animal, human and spiritual worlds, and teaches us about Ojibwa culture.”
The exhibit brings together over 60 of Thomas’s paintings from public and private collections in Canada in order to show the depth of his artistic achievement. Thomas has been featured in galleries throughout the world—from Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais to the Universität Marburg, Hanseatic, Germany and the Hong Kong Museum of Art in Japan. The works in the Vision Circle show range from his earliest drawings to very large and impressive public commissions. “The impact of Roy Thomas as an artist, a mentor and a father is strong and clear. The circle of his influence continues to widen,” Godwin commented. “Be sure to see his exhibition.”
Vision Circle opens June 7 and runs through Sept. 9, after which it will travel to other Canadian galleries over the next two years. For more information contact the Thunder Bay Art Gallery at (807) 577-6427 or www.theag.ca.