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, at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, The Painting Center, CAM Raleigh, the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, Marcia Wood Gallery, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. She received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley and her BFA from the Pennsylvania State University. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences as well as at the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture.
Barbara Campbell Thomas lives and works in Climax, North Carolina. She is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.