Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Frances Thomas: The Broader Picture

The Broader Picture

May 23 – June 22, 2019

Opening Reception:

Thursday, May 23

7 – 9 pm

Artist in attendance


Artist Statement

For me painting is a way of thinking. I have always just followed the work. Even if something is completely different from what I have made before, I know it’s right—it either works or it doesn’t as an artwork. I am interested more in what is happening in the moment, with the materials and my instincts, and less with rigorous conceptual strategies. My hope is that the viewers who come face to face with the work can follow their own pathways through the internal logic of each piece and find something to hang on to and enjoy.

FT, 2019


Frances Thomas was born in Parry Sound, ON.  She received both her BFA and MFA from York University, Toronto, ON.  She has participated in residencies in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and Triangle Arts in Brooklyn, New York and in 2016 spent three months in Berlin on a self-directed residency.  Her paintings were featured in a solo exhibition, “but wait”, with an accompanying catalogue, at the MacLaren Art Centre in 2009/10.  Thomas currently lives and works in Barrie, Ontario.  She has exhibited in Edmonton, Barrie, Toronto and New York and her work is in the permanent collections of the MacLaren Art Centre, Bank of Montreal and York University

  • May 23, 2019 - June 22, 2019
  • 1:00 - 7:00