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 born in Kuwait and raised between Kerala, India, and the United States. I have always felt that I am an outsider in Art & Culture. My studio practice is informed by my ethnicity and facing racial prejudice throughout my 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 my life has been marked with prejudice that has been projected on to me by the dominant culture. Although I am Indian-American, my identity was always malleable to others to perceive me as a threat or the enemy. This experience through my formative years to adulthood has directly affected how I look at society with open eyes and attempt to investigate places that I find worthy of critique, exploration, and making art. In other words, this sense of being the ‘Other’ has influenced how I view the world, approach my conceptual concerns, and create art. With an educational background and degrees in both Psychology and Art, I investigate and deconstruct complex sociopolitical issues from the interstices in personally expressive ways that humanize my subjects while incorporating a variety of photographic, video, drawing, and installation techniques into my artwork. My work has been characterized as poetic moments captured in chaotic worlds.
A winner of the Time-Based Media in Art Prize 7 and a Texas Biennial Artist, Thomas has been invited to exhibit his work and be a visiting artist, lecturer, panel discussant, and workshop instructor at numerous institutions including Ashkal Alwan Beirut, Lebanon; the Station Museum of Contemporary Art; the Atlanta Contemporary; the Light Factory; and the Queens Museum. Thomas’ 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 received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a M.F.A. from the University of Houston. He is a Professor of Art at Lamar University.