Prince Varughese Thomas’ video is “a beautiful piece that feels cleansing to watch”. –Houston Chronicle Prince V. Thomas’ artwork is “an endearing marriage of high and low”. –New York Times
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Prince Varughese Thomas is an Indian immigrant, partly raised in India, and naturalized in the United States. He has always felt that he is an outsider in Art & Culture and is part of what has come to be known as the Indian Diaspora. His studio practice is informed by his ethnicity and facing racial prejudice throughout his life. This experience through his formative years to adulthood has directly affected how he looks at society with open eyes and attempts to investigate places that he finds worthy of critique, exploration, and making Art. With an educational background and degrees in both Psychology and Art, Thomas investigates and deconstructs complex issues from the interstices in personally expressive ways that humanize his subjects while incorporating a variety of photographic, video, drawing, and installation techniques into his artwork. The various projects Thomas investigates collectively speak to the American & Global Experience through an array of themes including: Identity, Designer Pharmaceutical Drugs, War, News & Journalism, Grief & Mourning, and Social Media. His artwork has been characterized as poetic moments captured in chaotic worlds.
“My work speaks to the times in which I live.” — Prince Varughese Thomas
A winner of the Time-Based Media in Art Prize 7, a Texas Biennial Artist, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant Recipient, Thomas has been invited to exhibit his work in over 250 solo and group exhibitions at numerous museums and galleries and his work is represented in various public and private collections.
Thomas received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington, and M.F.A. from the University of Houston. He is currently a Professor of Art at Lamar University.