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Thomas J Price

Courtesy Thomas J Price studio

Courtesy Thomas J Price studio

Thomas J Price works across disciplines, predominantly in sculpture, but also in film and photography. Conceptually focused, Price engages with issues of power, representation, interpretation and perception both in society and in art.

Price’s large-scale sculptures depict imagined subjects, whose features are an amalgamation of sources. Observed individuals and stereotypes represented in the media are mixed with references to ancient, classical and neoclassical sculptures. These works serve as psychological portraits of the viewer by revealing socially learned attitudes and understandings as they project identities on to the depicted characters. Using methods of presentation, material, scale, and detail Price aims to challenge viewers’ expectations and assumptions.


Price’s practice extends beyond a strategy of figuration. In one example, sculptures of polished bronze are luxurious and monumental, first appearing to be abstract and rooted in the history of 20th century sculpture. They set out to challenge artistic institutions and the traditional holders of power, to create an alternative narrative and to highlight the structures in place that reinforce cultural values. 

‘I want [this] sculpture to be an opportunity for people to connect emotionally with an image of someone they might not have noticed before,’ Price says. ‘ …Often the most powerful person in the room is the person in the background, or fiddling, or not sitting bolt upright smiling.’ 

Born in London in 1981, Price studied at Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. Price has held solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions including The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada; The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK; Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK; MAC, Birmingham, UK; Royal College of Art, London, UK; Harewood House, Leeds, UK; and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, UK.  

Price’s work is held in prestigious collections such as The Donum Estate, Sonoma, CA;  Government Art Collection, London, UK; The Wedge Collection (Canada), Derwent London (UK), Murderme (UK) and the Rennie Collection (Canada).    

Price was the recipient of the Arts Council England Helen Chadwick Fellowship in 2009, and has been commissioned to create a public artwork in Hackney in 2022, commemorating the Windrush generation.

Biography

Born London, UK, 1981

Education

Chelsea College of Art, London, UK
Royal College of Art, London, UK

Resides Lives and works in London, UK

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 The Studio Museum in Harlem, Marcus Garvey Park, ‘Thomas J. Price. Witness‘, New York NY
Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, UK

2019 The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, ‘Ordinary Men’, Toronto, Canada

2017 Hales Project Room, ‘Material Visions’, New York NY
Frieze Sculpture Park, ‘Thomas J Price’, London, UK

2016 National Portrait Gallery, ‘Now You See Me’, London, UK
Hales, ‘Worship’, London, UK

2015 StudioRCA, ‘Sentinels’, London, UK
Harewood House, ‘Recent Works. Thomas J Price’, Leeds, UK

2014 The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, ‘Thomas J Price’, Wakefield, UK

2013 Hales Gallery, ‘Ancient Systems’, London, UK

2012 MAC Midlands Arts Centre, ‘Sentinels’, Birmingham, UK

2011 Hales Gallery, ‘Angell Town’, London, UK

2008 Chicago Art Fair, Solo presentation, Chicago IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 ARKEN Museum of Moderne Kunst, ‘Gold and Magic’, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Donum Estate, Sonoma, CA

2020 Goodman Gallery, ‘Living Just Enough’, London, UK
East London Sculpture Trail, ‘The Line’, London, UK
‘Sculpture Milwaukee’, Milwaukee WI

2019 Somerset House, ‘Get Up Stand Up Now’, London, UK 

2018 Stephen Friedman Gallery, ‘Talisman in the Age of Difference’, cur. Yinka Shonibare, London, UK

2017 Frieze Sculpture Park, cur. Clare Lilley, Regent’s Park, UK
Hales Gallery, ‘Ebony G Patterson | Thomas J Price | Zadie Xa’, London, UK

2016 Rennie Collection, ‘Winter 2015. Collected Works’, Vancouver, Canada

2015 East London Sculpture Trail, 'The Line', London, UK

2014 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, ‘Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors’, Grand Rapids MI

2010 The British School at Rome, ‘If It’s Not True, It’s A Good Story’, Rome, Italy
The Royal Academy of Arts, ‘Summer Show’, (Invited Artist), London, UK

2009 British School at Rome, ‘Tempo Reale 09’, Rome, Italy
Fishmarket Gallery, ‘60 Miles By Road Or Rail’, Northampton, UK

2008 Hales Gallery, ‘Freedom Centre. This Show Will Change Your Life’, London, UK
Royal College of Art, Henry Moore Gallery, ‘Becks Canvas’, London, UK

2007 ‘Video Apartment’, Dublin, Ireland
One One One Gallery, 'Anticipation', cur. Flora Fairbairn, Kay Saatchi and Catriona Warren, London, UK

2006 Bloomberg, ‘New Contemporaries 2006’, London, UK
Tricycle Short Film Festival, London, UK

Commission Projects and Selected Awards

2022 ‘Hackney Windrush Commission’, London, UK

2009 – 10 Arts Council England, ‘Helen Chadwick Fellowship’

Bibliography

Monographs

2021 Gaëtane Verna (ed.), ‘Thomas J Price. Ordinary Men’, Toronto: The Power Plant, 2021, ill. (exh. cat.)

2017 Hales Gallery (ed.), ‘Thomas J Price. Material Visions’, London: Hales Gallery, 2017, ill. (exh. cat.)

2012 MAC Midlands Arts Centre (ed.), ‘Sentinels’, Birmingham: Midlands Arts Centre, 2012, ill. (exh. cat.)

Publications

2005 Cork Film Centre (ed.), ‘Peripheral Visions’, Cork: Cork Film Centre, 2005, ill. (exh. cat.)

Press

2021 Morris, Kadish, ‘Thomas J Price. Thoughts Unseen’, The Guardian, 11 September 2021

2020 McKnight-Abrams, Amah-Rose, ‘Thomas J. Price on what it means to be a Black British artist working today’, 13 Nov 2020 on Art UK
Lloyd, Kate, ‘Bow's epically scaled celebration of Blackness’, in Time Out, London, 13 October 2020
Prempeh, Charlene, ‘The Kudos Project: the artist helping black women loom large in public art’, in Financial Times, London, 25 August 2020
McGreevy, Nora, ‘Amid Reckoning on Public Art, Statue of Black ‘Everywoman’ Unveiled in London’, in Smithsonian Magazine, Washington, DC, 7 August 2020
Shine, Kim, ‘Sculpture Milwaukee brings back free outdoor public art for fourth year’, in CBS 58, Milwaukee, 5 August 2020
Brown, Mark, ‘Sculptor's black ‘everywoman’ erected on public art walk in London’, in The Guardian, London, 5 August 2020
Rea, Naomi, ‘As the UK Seeks to Diversify Its Public Sculptures, London Unveils a New Monument to the Black ‘Everywoman’’, on Artnet, 5 August 2020
Heaf, Jonathan, ‘Windrush memorial artist: ‘Marc Quinn’s Jen Reid statue colonised the Colston plinth and hijacked the BLM movement. It’s a con’’, in GQ, New York, 20 July 2020
Price, Thomas J., ‘The problem with Marc Quinn's Black Lives Matter sculpture’, in The Art Newspaper, London, 16 July, 2020
Price, Thomas J., ‘Rethink how we celebrate power’, in Time, London, 6 July 2020
Dinsdale, Emily, ‘Hackney Council commissions two public artworks to commemorate Windrush’, in Dazed, London, 23 June 2020
Lanigan, Roisin, ‘Artists are creating statues in commemoration of the Windrush generation’, in i-D, London, 22 June 2020

2018 O’Kelly, Emma, 'Yinka Shonibare steps into the curator’s seat with a sharp survey of African art', in Wallpaper, London, 7 June 2018

2016 Jones, Josh, ‘Thomas J Price's Sculptural Investigations’, in Interview, 6 April 2016

2014 Jury, Louise, ‘Landscape art: walk The Line to see world-class sculptures’, in The Evening Standard, London, 11 July 2014
Wright, Karen, ‘My figures are about making invisible people visible...That's my twist’, in Independent\Radar, London, 22 February 2014
Duguid, Hannah, ‘Masculinity Stripped to the Core’, in Independent, London, 27 January 2014

Audiovisuals

2020 BBC Radio 4, ‘Front Row. Thomas J Price interviewed by Kirsty Lang’, 3 August 2020

2014 BBC2, ‘Museums at Night’, 20 May 2014

2010 BBC4 Documentary, ‘How to Get a Head in Sculpture’, 2010

2009 BBC3 Documentary, ‘Where is Modern Art Now’, 2009

Public Collections

Government Art Collection, London, UK
The Wedge Collection, Canada 
Derwent, London, UK 
Murderme, UK 
Rennie Collection, Canada

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