JINNI THOMAS

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“The experience of ‘beauty’ often involves an interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well being. Because this can be a subjective experience, it is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” original author unknown. The emotion from that visual experience, that awe moment, works down into our hearts and alters the grain of our reality. All my paintings are self-portraits; therefore, painting is a selfish act of searching for and preserving moments of beauty on canvas. From my days as a child wandering my Mother’s garden to my in depth study of Antiquity and the Italian Renaissance as an adult, the formal elements of Classicism and the desire to be emotionally charmed by beautiful things will always influence my creativity. My art is an expression of my feelings and a need for beauty.

Art, however, requires an audience and is in an incomplete state on its own; so it asks viewers to contemplate their own feelings. Paintings have as many meanings as viewers and I prefer to step aside and not hinder that process for anyone by assigning meaning to my paintings. After all, as Keats said, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty” and that is all we need to know. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

 

Born: 1943, Detroit, Michigan

             

Education

             Lindenwood College, St. Charles, Missouri, B.A., Fine Arts 1964

             Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

             University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

 Solo Exhibitions

 2008    Traces of Antiquity, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006    Poems, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2003    Reliquary, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2002    Narratives, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2000    Rose as Messenger, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1998    Mass of the Rose, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                                                    

1997    From the Heart, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1991    One-Woman Invitational, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico                                  

1986    One-Woman Exhibit, Galeria Sigala, Taos, New Mexico                                                                       

1985    One-Woman Exhibit, Performance Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico                                                 

           

Group Exhibitions

 

2016    Creative Transition, Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM         

2015    Rhythm and Hues, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Nature of Color, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2014    Quiet Beauty Two Person Exhibition, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Minatures and More, The Albquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
2013    Poems: In a Larger Frame, The Monadnock Center for History and Culture, Peterbourough, NH

Surface Beauty, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Minatures and More, The Albquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
2012    The Abstract: New Mexico’s Own, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            Minatures and More, The Albquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

            Fall Preview: New Works, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2011    New Mexico Influence- Color and Nature, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Tour of the Homes, ARTFeast Annual Event, Santa Fe, NM

            Eighteenth Annual Red Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010    Holiday Exhibition, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009    Celebrating 15 Years, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            Masters of the Landscape, Three Person Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Red Hot Group Exhibition, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2008    The Small Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            ART Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

            Contemporary Art Society 20th Anniversary Exhibition,

            University of New Mexico Museum, Albuquerque, NM

2007    The Big Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            AAF, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

            Seeing Red, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006    New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair Invitational, Then and Now, Abq. NM

            SITE Unseen, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

            ARTScottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

            AAF, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

            The Power of Red, Santa Fe, NM

2005    Emerging Artists, Scottsdale, AZ

            AAF Contemporary, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Pier 92, New York 

2004    The Art of Giving, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            AAF, Pier 92, New York, NY

2003    Small is Beautiful, Karan Ruhlen Gallery,  Santa Fe, NM

            Originals 2003 - Traces of the Journey, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

            SITE Unseen, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

            ART Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

            AAF, Pier 92, New York, NY

2002    Affordable Art Fair, Pier 92, New York, NY

            Untitled, Finer Things, Nashville, TN

            Heart of Winter, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2001    Abstractions, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Red, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2001    Show with Heart, Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            SITE Unseen, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

            A Show of Colors, The Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2000    New Era Art, University of New Mexico Fine Arts Alumni Chapter, Albuquerque, NM

            Mil Flores, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Fair and Square, The Governor’s Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

            Red, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            A Show with Heart, Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1999    Simply Irresistible, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            101 Cups, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM          

Women Artists from the Land of Enchantment, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, curated and
sponsored by The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

            Millifiore, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Passionate Pairs, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            A Show with Heart, Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1998    iMagnifico! Albuquerque Festival of the Arts, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

            A Different View, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Red, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Show with Heart, Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1997    The Modern Matriarch, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            101 Cups, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1996    101 Cups, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1995    101 Cups, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Day-of-the-Dead, Owings-Dewey Gallery, Santa Fe, NM          

            Christ in the Desert Benefit Exhibition, Zaplin-Lambert Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1994    Metamorphosis, Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

            Day-of-the-Dead, Owings-Dewey Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1993    National Watercolor Invitational, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

            Day-of-the-Dead Invitational, Owings-Dewey Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1992    Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

            iMagnifico! Albuquerque Invites, Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM

1991    Studio Show, New Mexico Watercolor Society, Albuquerque, NM

1990    Merienda de Mayo, Albuquerque International Airport Collection Dedication, Albuquerque, NM

1989    Featured Artist, Mammen Gallery II, Scottsdale, AZ                                         

            Private Gardens, KIMO Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1988    Three-Person Studio Exhibit, Albuquerque, NM                                                                                                           

             Inscape, LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA

            Two-Person Exhibit, Mammen Gallery II, Scottsdale, AZ

            New Mexico Watercolors, Governor’s Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1987    Contemporary Women Artists, South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM

            Group Show, Mossman Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

            Opening Invitational, Pathways Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1986    Group Exhibit, Featured Artist, Mammen Gallery II, Scottsdale, AZ

            Second Street Coalition of Artists, M & J’s, Albuquerque, NM

1985    Handmade Paper Invitational, Second Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1985    Tortilla Flats at M & J’s, Albuquerque, NM

1984    Group Exhibit, Featured Artist, Mammen Gallery II, Scottsdale, AZ

1983    Two-Person Exhibit, Performance Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

            Six Friends Traveling Exhibit, NM

                                   

Articles & Reviews

 

2015    Illuminations-Ones to Watch, Western Art and Architecture, June-July, p.56-57

2014    Adding Color to a Black Dress and Pearls, California Homes, November, p.74-81

2014    Front Cover/The Santa Fe Way, Art and Antiques, Summer 2014 p.81,85

2012    Art in Preview, Pasatiempo, August 24-30, Douglas Fairfield

2010    New Mexico Magazine, June, “Waxworks”, pg.20-23, Wolf Scheider

            New Mexico Magazine, January, “Mixing it Up”, p. 20-23, Wolf Schneider
2009    Art Journey NM, 104 Painters and Perspectives, pg. 189

2008    Santa Fean, June/July, “Top Talent”, p. 62, Karan Ruhlen

2006    Santa Fe Reporter, June 6, “Arts and Culture”, pg. 23, Patricia Sauthoff

            The Santa Fean, February 2, "Arts and Events", pg. 56, Kathryn Davis

            Santa Fe TREND, Winter/Spring, cover.

2005    The New Yorker, April 11, "State of the Arts", pg. 42, Kathryn Davis

2003    THE Magazine, critical review, September, Jon Carver

            Santa Fe New Mexican, August 8, "Jinni Thomas at Karan Ruhlen Gallery

            Southwest Art, August, 2003 " Flower Power"

            ARTnews, Summer Issue, "City Focus, Santa Fe"       

2000    The Albuquerque Tribune, December, "Refashioning an Icon"

            Art Talk, December, "Muy Caliente En Santa Fe"

            Albuquerque Journal, May, Arts etc. "Floral Metaphors Gain New Look"

            Pasatiempo, May, "Comings & Goings"

1999    FOCUS/SANTA FE, June-July, "Gallery Spotlight"

            Santa Fe New Mexican, June, "Out of Context"

1998    Santa Fe New Mexican, February, "Painting The Town Red"

1997    Santa Fe New Mexican, December, "The Modern Matriarch"

1997    THE Magazine, June, "Image Without Boundaries"

1997    Santa Fe New Mexican, February, "Jinni Thomas Pays Homage To Femininity"                       

1993    Albuquerque Journal, October, “Goddess Images"

            Albuquerque Journal, September, “Galleries…Art Lines”

1992    Albuquerque Journal, April, “Ancient & Avant Garde”

1989    Scottsdale  Magazine, Spring,“Brushstrokes: Mammen Gallery II”

            Southwest Art Magazine, May,“Albuquerque International Airport Showcases New

                        Mexico’s Artists”

            New Mexico Magazine, May, “Albuquerque Airport Lands Art Treasures

1988    Scottsdale Progress, “Sunday Fun:  May Day On Marshal Way”

1985    Albuquerque Journal, November, “Companies Find Art Makes Good Business”

            ART Lines, July, “Contemporary Statements”

1984    Albuquerque Living, March, “New Exhibits”

            Scottsdale Progress, August, Featured Artist

            Albuquerque Journal, April, Review     

1983    Albuquerque Journal, September, “Art  Reviews”

1982    Albuquerque Journal, December, “Artists Leave Isolation Out of Work”

            Albuquerque Journal, October, “Artists At Work”

 

Corporate Collections

 

            University of Arkansas for Medical Services Fayetteville, AR

            Venitian Hotel and Resort, Macau, China

            Westin Paloma, Tuscon, AZ

            Washington Post, Washington, DC

            Target Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

            Ritz Carlton, Laguna Beach, CA                      

            BRE Properties, Inc., CA

            M. D. Anderson Cancer Treatment Center, Houston, TX                      

            New Mexico Capitol Art Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico

            The Art Coll Trust, Seattle, Washington

            Sombra y Sol, Santa Fe, NM

            The Rose-Legett Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico              

            National Broadcasting Corporation, Los Angeles, California

            1% For Art, Albuquerque International Airport, Albuquerque, NM                                                                                
            KLSK Radio, Albuquerque, New Mexico

            The Judds, Nashville, Tennessee

            Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New  Mexico                        

            Sunwest Bank, Albuquerque, New Mexico

            Valley National Bank, Albuquerque, New Mexico

            Art For Living, Scottsdale, Arizona                   

            Albuquerque Federal Savings & Loan, Albuquerque, New  Mexico

            First Interstate Bank, Albuquerque, New Mexico

            Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

            La Vida Llena, Albuquerque, New Mexico

            Calkins, Kramer, Grimshaw & Herring, Denver, Colorado

            Charles Mottl Company, Los Angeles, California

            Lindenwood College, St. Charles, Missouri

            Bank of America, San Francisco, California

            Art in Public Places, State of New Mexico, Belen Community Center, Belen, NM



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