Charleston resident Marshall Thomas (b. 1987, Charleston, S.C.) was included in the Young Contemporaries exhibition at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, for three consecutive years, starting in 2008. He was awarded the Young Contemporaries President’s Choice Award in 2008 and 2010. His work also has been shown at Columbia College, Mo.; Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, S.C.; and the Columbia (S.C.) Museum of Art. Thomas graduated from the College of Charleston in 2010 with a BA in studio arts with an emphasis on printmaking.
Statement of support:
Influenced by the work of Chuck Close, Marshall Thomas’s newest work focuses on CMYK, a subtractive four-color printing process using cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black). He turns digital photographs into back-lit screenprints inside a lightbox. Each color is printed on individual sheets of glass sandwiched together. The resulting depth is unique and very different from an image on a computer monitor or on an archival inkjet print. Thomas hopes to capture honest feelings of vulnerability of a real person with real insecurities to which viewers can relate. His dramatic use of color emphasizes the emotional depth, creating more intensity.
Karen Ann Myers, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston