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 that is part of what has come to be known as the Indian Diaspora. Thomas’ studio practice is informed by his ethnicity and facing racial prejudice throughout his life. Although an Indian-American, his identity was always malleable for others to perceive him as a threat or the enemy. This experience through his formative years to adulthood has directly affected how he looks at society with open eyes and attempts to investigate places worthy of exploration, critique, 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 Contemporary Global Experience through an array of themes including: Identity, Designer Pharmaceutical Drugs, War, News & Journalism, Grief & Mourning, and Cultural Narcissism. His artwork 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, 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 200 solo and group exhibitions at numerous museums and galleries. His work is represented in various private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
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.