Graphic artist Patrick Thomas (Liverpool, UK) will visit ELISAVA to talk about discovering design through music, his education at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, and how his work subsequently led him on a journey via Barcelona to Berlin, where he is currently based.
He will talk about working freelance from a pension on Carrer Sant Pau in Barcelona, founding Studio laVista, working commercially —with specific reference to his work for the International Press— and his decision to stop accepting commissions a decade ago in order to concentrate on his own work.
He also will reflect about the epiphanic moment he discovered printmaking as a student in Liverpool, exhibiting worldwide, the importance of ‘reach’ in his work and his ongoing fascination with the Victorian multimedia artist and visionary William Morris. He will also talk about his work with Klasse Thomas, his visual communication class at State Academy of Art & Design Stuttgart.
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Patrick Thomas is a graphic artist, author and educator. He studied at Central Saint Martins School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London before relocating to Barcelona in 1991 where he founded the multidisciplinary studio ‘laVista’. In 2005 he published ‘Black & White’ a compilation of his work for the International Press. In 2011 Laurence King Publishing, London, published his second book ‘Protest Stencil Toolkit’. He is currently working on the follow-up, due to be released in 2018.
In 2007 he established his first silkscreen press in Barcelona and decided to concentrate on releasing personal, uncommissioned work. Since then he has exhibited his limited-editions across five continents, where many are now held in private and public collections. He set up a second silkscreen press in Berlin in 2016.
He has given talks about his practice and held workshops worldwide, extensively in the UK, Spain and Germany. Since October 2013 he is a professor of visual communication at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design (Klasse Thomas). Since 2011 he is based in Berlin. He works between there, London, Barcelona and Stuttgart. He is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).