Taft's Art Studio Creative Works of Morris Taft Thomas
Morris Taft Thomas & Joni Thomas Deville
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Morris Taft Thomas, a gifted author, prolific artist, dynamic poet, and exceptional teacher was born October 12, 1935 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thomas' works varies from naturalistic to abstract. Contemporary abstract designs, animals, masks and flowers are motifs that occupy his oeuvre.
From my perspective as a visual artist, I envision life as a sphere and we are mere passengers who pass through and orbit in a circle starting with inception to infnity. Between the two entities lies the essence of our being.
Visual social commentary was not a high priority for creative expression during my formative years as an artist. Now that my chronological age and mental maturity have evolved, there is urgency for me to reflect and document social events as they occurred during my era of social change.
My current utilization of an existentialistic approach, using mixed medium textures and techniques, is intended to capture the viewers' attention by using an explosion of brilliant hues. The overlay of unrelated color combinations tend to make objects in the composition appear three-dimensional. My metal and wooden sculptures as well as paintings, reflect contemporary simplicity, yet explicit and unambiguous enough to convey a message from the past to the present.