A Study for a Disastrous Night at the Theatre
In his mini series 'Disastrous Nights at the Theatre' Thomas employs the motif of the stage as the ideal way to present the life and ideas of the artist. Working for a number of years in a Victorian theatre Thomas learned to appreciate the subtle similarities between acting in a perfomance and presenting ones artwork for an audience to view. On the stage all your energy, neurosies, fears and hopes are conveyed to a longing, enthusiastic or perhaps bored audience. It is the performers/artists goal to weave a story, to inspire the viewer, to encourage philosophy and debate. The image is itself a surreal, at times abstract interaction of seated and reclining figures; there is no interwoven logic to the story, just some stairs to the left hand side, hand rails, a circular stage and a table top. The abstraction represents the vague openness of post post-modern life where ideas and images are consumed, re-consumed then regurgitated for the next generation.
A Study for a Disastrous Night at the Theatre.
Oil on Canvas in a white box wooden frame.
47''' x 72'' x 2''.