Prince Varughese Thomas’ "The Light of Other Days" is a drawing series that intersects Thomas’ interests in news and journalism with his explorations into the process of grief and mourning in private and public contexts. Referencing print media, specifically images found in newspapers, the series of charcoal drawings are drawn as half-tone patterns that are influenced by various tragic events, including murder, violence, migration, terrorism, and environmental tragedies that have occurred around the world and speak to our times. From these original press photos, Thomas has distilled, fragmented, and restructured distinct moments that express painful loss in global terms that speak directly toward the state of the world. As an Indian immigrant born in Kuwait, partly raised in India, and naturalized in the United States, Thomas is part of what has come to be known as the Indian Diaspora. His studio practice is influenced by his ethnicity and the racial prejudices he has faced throughout his life. From the Iran Hostage crisis in the 70’s, to aggressions in Libya in the 80’s, to the first Gulf War in the 90’s, and then 9/11, each decade of Thomas’ life has been marked with prejudice that has been projected onto him by those who have perceived him as an enemy or threat. This experience of otherness through his formative years to adulthood has affected how he looks at society—with open eyes and with attempts to investigate places that he finds worthy of critique, exploration, and making art—creating works that deconstruct complex issues and humanize his subjects. Thomas received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington and M.F.A. from the University of Houston. A winner of the Time-Based Media in Art Prize 7 and a Texas Biennial Artist, Thomas has been invited to be a visiting artist, lecturer, panel discussant, and workshop instructor at numerous institutions including Ashkal Alwan (Beirut, Lebanon), Indiana University, Memphis College of Art (TN), the Light Factory (Charlotte, NC), and the Queens Museum (NY). His work has been exhibited in over 175 solo and group exhibitions at numerous museums, galleries, and alternative spaces. His work is represented in the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Thomas is currently a Professor of Art at Lamar University.
Saturday, January 19, 2019 to Saturday, February 16, 2019