Thomas Readett is an Established Artist and a Ngarrindjeri/Arrernte man who was born and raised on Kaurna Country (Adelaide, SA) where he continues to practice and live.
Thomas has been a drawer his entire life ever since he was a child, wanting to further his career as a professional artist he began study at Adelaide Central School of Art in 2011, and it was then he began painting. This is now one of his main practices among others. Thomas graduated his study at Adelaide Central School of Art completing his Associate Degree and Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree (BVA) in 2015 mastering in Painting and Video work. During his time at Adelaide Central School of Art he held group shows with fellow graduates and ended the degree with his final body of video work based around ideas of Solitude and a personal journey through his identity.
Thomas’ self-exploration and personal narratives become opportunities to reflect the wider world, through themes of love, loss, and grief. Thomas’ graphic aesthetic is powerfully rendered in black and white, with careful attention to detail. He melds street art style with classical training to produce work that is technical and conceptual. In his recent works he pushes his practice into 3D sculptural space, playing with the pictorial plane and interrupting our usual modes of interpretation.
Thomas has since exhibited solo shows "Beneath the Skin", "Dark Light" and "From Within" with works developed through studio practice and artist residency programs such as the SALA Country Health SA/University of South Australia Glenside Mental Health residency.
Readett's latest body of work "Complexities" is now open at The Mill, Adelaide until June 26. Taking inspiration from the Rubik’s cube, Thomas sets the scene of a ‘thinking game’, asking viewers to consider a multi-layered reading of his works. Complexities and connections can be found throughout, with audiences able to bring personal interpretation to their journey through the exhibition environment. Rather than self-portraiture being self-focused, Readett speaks of empathetic connection and creative interpretation of the challenges of 21st century life.
Thomas is currently taking commission requests, please inquire below.
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