William Radford Thomas

American, born 1930 Biography

William Radford Thomas was born in Texas in 1930. He later studied at University of Texas and New Mexico Highlands University. 

A painter and printmaker, he has also curated and taught art at several institutions, including Eastern Washington State College from 1970-74. Thomas's works are included in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Simon Fraser Elizabeth Arden Collection in New York City, Smith College Museum in Northampton, MA, Galeria Mexicana de Arte in Mexico, and The University of Texas at Austin, among others.

Awards/Memberships:
Award, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, TFAA Citation, Austin, TX, 1958
Award, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, TFAA Citation, Austin, TX, 1959
Award, River Art Association Annual, San Antonio, TX, 1960
Award, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Annual, Houston, TX
First Prize for Painting, Purchase Award, Witte Memorial Museum, 30th Annual, San Antonio, TX
Purchase Award, 30th Annual Graphic Arts & Drawing Exhibition, Wichita, KS
Award, Witte Memorial Museum, 13th Annual Texas Watercolor Society Exhibition, San Antonio, TX
Award, Witte Memorial Museum, 31st Annual Juried Exhibition, San Antonio, TX

Exhibitions:
Men of Art Guild Galleries, San Antonio, TX, 1959, 1962
Men of Art Guild, San Antonio, Texas, Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, Palacio de Belles Artes, Mexico, 1962
Bright Shawl Gallery, San Antonio, TX, 1961
Robert Talman Gallery, Dallas, TX, 1961
Saint Mary's University, San Antonio, TX, 1961, 1963
Texarkana Fine Arts Gallery, Texarkana, TX, 1963
USAA Gallery, San Antonio, TX, 1963
Amarillo College, Amarillo, TX, 1964
Houston Baptist College, Houston, TX, 1965
Harrison Gallery, Amarillo, TX, 1966
Gallery Three, Amarillo, TX, 1967
North Star Gallery, San Antonio, TX, 1968
Sol del Rio Gallery, San Antonio, TX, 1969
Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX, 1970
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, 1971
Art Center, Seattle Pacific College, Seattle, WA, 1972
Juniper Tree Gallery, Spokane, WA, 1972
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, 1974
Victoria Art Museum, Victoria, TX, 1974
Carroll Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN, 1975
Florence Museum, Florence, SC, 1975
Image South Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 1976
ECART Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland, 1976
Berry College, Mount Berry, GA, 1977
Michael Rockefeller Arts Center, Fredonia, NY, 1981
Pensacola National Watermedia Exhibition, Pensacola, FL, 1982
Artist's Alliance Gallery, San Antonio, TX, 1984
4040 GALLERY, San Antonio, TX, 1988

Museums/Collections:
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Oakland Museum
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX
Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada Archives
Henry Gallery, University of Washington Archive of Experimental & Marginal Art
St Petri, Lund, Sweden
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Elizabeth Arden Collection, New York City
Smith College Museum, Northampton, MA
Galeria Mexicana de Arte, Mexico
The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Art, Austin, TX
Department of Drama, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, EXPO '74 and Alfred Frankenstein Papers, Washington, DC

Serie de la Tierra; Oleaje

Oil on masonite
47 x 46 ¾ inches
50 ½ x 50 inches framed
Signed upper right: thomas
Executed 1962

Exhibitions:
Men of Art Guild, San Antonio, Texas, Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, Palacio de Belles Artes, Mexico, 1962

Best known for his portraits and landscapes, Thomas is also adept in Abstract Expressionism, as seen in his oil painting Serie de la Tierra; Oleaje, 1962 which exhibits painterly strokes and a keen sense of color palette.