Motte Thomas ~ Fine Artist
Out Of The Blue
Art Network Atlanta, Ga
The sticky-shiny colors of Motte Thomas’ encaustics provokes thoughts of the paintings jumping off the canvas and assaulting the viewer. Thomas’ short, overlapping strokes integrate without blending. Each swatch of paint relates to its immediate neighbors, but the individual strokes are easily distinguishable.
With all this apparently effortless integration of strokes, the few areas of smoother brushwork seem almost uneasy. Otherworldly figures, sometimes grotesque abstractions of human and alien forms, seem to play all-too-familiar roles of everyday life that defy their non-human appearance. The viewer witnesses the interaction of the meek, the vicious, the good, the innocent but self serving and the undeserving wielders of power.
-Aaron Knight (reprinted from ArtWords)