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Triangular circle: circular square

Collection: Gray's School of Art Collection
Object Type: Painting
Artist/Maker: Thoms, Colin
Date: Unknown
Media/Materials: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 75 cm x 75 cm - 90 cm x 90 cm
Classification: Painting


Abstract composition featuring geometric shapes and a fish.

As A full-time teacher at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen from 1951 to 1976, Thoms influenced generations of Scottish artists, including Will MacLean, Moira Maitland, Alexander Fraser, W.J. Connon, Ian McKenzie-Smith and Joyce Cairns.

His works are to be found in the collections of the Scottish Arts Council, the Edinburgh Civic Arts Centre, the Aberdeen Art Gallery and the Gdansk National Museum in Poland. He developed his own personal iconography with Miro-esque shapes: surreal forms, crescent moons, hearts, birds, fish and flags.

In an interview with the critic Robin Dutt in 1989, Thoms said that "... music is very important to me... I don't play myself, but I am appreciative of all music; from my favourite, Stravinsky, to someone like Philip Glass... I even dance in my studio, and I am approaching 80."
Object Number: ABDRG2007.4