Thomas Chimes painting Locks Gallery

Crucifix 1, 1962

oil on linen

18 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches

Thomas Chimes painting Locks Gallery

Untitled, 1962

oil on linen

14 x 16 inches

Thomas Chimes painting Locks Gallery

Bread, 1962

oil on linen

76 x 124 inches

Thomas Chimes painting Locks Gallery

Untitled (Study for Ringling Mural), 1962

oil on canvas

14 x 36 inches

Collection of the Ringling Museum of Art

Thomas Chimes painting Locks Gallery

Untitled (Study for Ringling Mural), 1962

oil on canvas

14 x 48 inches

Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Thomas Chimes painting Locks Gallery

Shells for Breakfast, 1964

oil on linen

36 x 48 inches

Thomas Chimes painting Locks Gallery

Untitled, 1964

oil on linen

42 x 58 inches 

Artist Bio

With a career spanning over five decades, Thomas Chimes (1921–2009) remains one of the most singular and idiosyncratic figures to emerge from Philadelphia in the 20th century. After a promising early career in the New York Art scene, Chimes moved back to Philadelphia to remove himself from the quickly centralizing art world and focus on his dynamically changing work. As his career progressed he became increasingly hermetic, focusing the subjects of his paintings on a constellation of cultural figures and their contributions that paralleled his own explorations of the human condition. Towards the end of his career, Chimes would reflect that French symbolist thinker and ‘pataphysician Alfred Jarry, pioneering conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp, and modernist Irish author James Joyce, were the most influential on his artistic output.

Works by Thomas Chimes can be found in the collections of such museums as the Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C., Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; Musee National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; J.P. Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Phoenix Art Museum, AZ; Portland Art Museum, OR; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA; Washington, D.C., Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum, Hartford, CT; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY; The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; The Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; Galerie der Stadt, Tuttlingen, Germany; and The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. In 2007, Chimes was the focus of a major monograph by Michael R Taylor which accompanied a retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Adventures in ‘Pataphysics. In 2013, a subsequent publication Into the White was released coinciding with a touring European exhibition, examining his celebrated later work.

Locks Gallery has represented the artist and his estate for over a quarter of a century, working to further understanding about the artist's four major periods of work: the crucifixion paintings (1958–65), metal box constructions (1965–73), panel portraits (1973–1978), and critically acclaimed white paintings (1980–2009).

ADAA: The Art Show 2018
Art Fair
ADAA: The Art Show 2018
Park Avenue Armory, Booth A14 February 28 - March 4, 2018
Thomas Chimes
Award
Thomas Chimes
Thomas Chimes: The Body in Spirals nominated for Best Exhibition in a Commercial Space by AICA Feb 27, 2015
Thomas Chimes
Video
Thomas Chimes
Video: Conversation with Michael R. Taylor and Matthew Affron, Part 1 Nov 15, 2014
Thomas Chimes
Video
Thomas Chimes
Video: Conversation with Michael R. Taylor and Matthew Affron, Part 2 Nov 15, 2014
Thomas Chimes
Event
Thomas Chimes
Conversation with Michael R. Taylor and Matthew Affron Nov 15, 2014
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL Jun 11, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Philadelphia Museum of Art Nov 3, 2013 - Mar 2, 2014
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece Sep 30, 2013 - Nov 17, 2013
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Galerie der Stadt Tuttlingen, Germany May 17, 2013 - Jun 16, 2013
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. April 1, 2013
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Chimes at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Jan 25, 2012
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Thomas Chimes on view at the National Gallery of Art Jul 27, 2010
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Thomas Chimes acquired by MOCA LA Jun 23, 2010
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Thomas Chimes acquired by the National Gallery of Art Feb 9, 2010
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Thomas Chimes acquired by Centre Pompidou Feb 9, 2010