Like a sieve moving through every moment of every day, Barbara Campbell Thomas's paintings siphon the onslaught of words, text and images, sounds, textures and physical stuff into piecemeal orderings of stacked lines, quasi-geometric forms and blippy brush marks--all in concert with collaged pieces of thrifted fabric. These nearly chaotic, adamantly physical works are a means of building some kind of ecstatic, exuberant, ever unfolding space analogous to our dense sensory existence.
Barbara Campbell Thomas's work has been exhibited nationally, in such venues as the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, CAM Raleigh, the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, Marcia Wood Gallery, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Painting Center and 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. She received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley (2000) and her BFA from the Pennsylvania State University (1998). She has been an artist-in-residence three times at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia, as well as at the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Additionally, she was a fellow at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut.
Barbara Campbell Thomas lives and works in Climax, North Carolina. She is represented by James May Gallery in Algoma, Wisconsin.