ABOVE: Photos by Anne Staveley. Video clips courtesy of Highborn Spirits.
J. Matthew Thomas
I use methods of deconstruction and reconstruction of materials to reveal and conceal natural and manufactured systems and patterns. I am currently interested in the tension created by gender and cultural patterns combined with the negotiation of production (craft), consumption, and power.
J. Matthew Thomas (b. 1976) is an artist and architect of Arab dissent living in New Mexico. He utilizes the tools of architecture to explore both social and aesthetic patterns. Thomas' work has been highlighted in a number of solo shows regionally, with group shows in Germany, New York, and New Mexico. Residencies include the Santa Fe Art Institute, Arteles Creative Center in Finland, The PORT Hackathon at CERN, Switzerland, and Art Farm in Nebraska. Thomas has a MA in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York City. Thomas resides in Taos, New Mexico with his husband and 40 chickens.
Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, Sept/Oct, solo show
Contemporary Art Taos 2020, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM, group show
Taos Today, Western Art Gallery, Dallas TX, group show
Muted, Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM, solo show
Taos: 1960s - Present, Vivian Horan Fine Art, New York, NY, group show
Meditations on the Many, Magpie, Taos, NM, solo show
Geometries, Central Features Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM, solo show
Song of the West-Contemporary Artists of New Mexico, KOHI-Kulturraum, Germany, group show
Art in Public Places, Taos Art Council, Taos, NM, solo artist
Art of Wine, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM, resident artist
Taos Fall Arts Festival, Taos, NM, Visionary Artist Award Recipient, solo show
The Spring Experiment, DAFA, Taos, NM, solo show
Once, Arroyo Seco, NM, solo show
Arte des Descartes, Taos, NM, group show
Taos Fall Arts Festival, Taos, NM, group show
Storefront for Art and Architecture, Total Housing 01:
Apartments Competition, New York, NY, group show
Contemporary up-and-comers breath new life, Taos News, Sept 2020.
Twenty Que With J. Matthew Thomas, Riot Material, Dec, 2019.
"Matt Thomas Builds Surfaces", Taos News, Nov 2018.
“Taos: 1960s-Present”, THE Magazine, June 2018.
“Taos in the House”, TaoStyle, April 2018.
“Taos”, Wall Street Journal, April 2018.
“Embracing Obsessions”, Taos News, October 2017.
“James Matthew Thomas At The Harwood”, TaoStyle, September, 2018.
"...New Mexico's Best", Albuquerque Journal, May 2016.
“001. The Works of J. Matthew Thomas,” self-published, January 2016.
"One Smart Cookie," EDIBLE Magazine, Winter Issue, 2016.
"Architecture Progressed," TREND Magazine, Fall Issue, 2015.
"Studio Visits," THE Magazine, Santa Fe, NM, May 2015.
“Richard Spera and Matt Thomas,” TaoStyle, December 2014
Militant Roger Magazine, Vol. 1, Fall 2006.
RESIDENCY & AWARDS
2020 Residency, Art Farm, Marquette, Nebraska
Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico
2019 Residency, Arteles Creative Center in Finland
2018 Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont
2015 Selected Participant, The PORT Hackathon at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
Visionary Artist Award, The Peter & Madelaine Martin Foundation
2010 Storefront for Art and Architecture, Total Housing 01: Apartments Competition.
2016 - 2017 203 Fine Art, Taos, NM
2012 - 2014 Taos Artist Collective, Taos, NM
2007 - 2008 Parks II Gallery, Taos, NM