In Altered States Thomas depicts a trinity of figures as a method of dicussing three diffferent facets of hos own personality. The dominant central figure stands on top of a red table top and is presented with two polarised heads, seemingly bound and bandaged up with his arms and shoulders; the figure commenting on the struggles and restrictions imposed on the artist as he/she creates in the quest for originality, success and recognition. The table top remains an intriguing motif as it presents the artist is a position of vulnerability; out in the open, before the audience they and their work are there to be consumed. To the right hand plane on a black table top and below, underneath the central red table two reflected shadows of the main character are depicted; fleshy faceless minatures who are employed as commentaries on the different facets the artist must posess. In the studio thhey are one person, at home another, at work or on the street another still.
Altered States. Oil on Canvas. 2017. 45'' x 72'' . 2018. £2750