Thomas Chimes painting Locks Gallery

Bread, 1962

oil on linen

76 x 124 inches

Thomas Chimes painting Locks Gallery

Shells for Breakfast, 1964

oil on linen

36 x 48 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

Untitled, 1962

oil on linen

14 x 16 inches

Thomas Chimes painting Locks Gallery

Untitled, 1958

oil on canvas

15 x 13 inches

Thomas Chimes painting Locks Gallery

Untitled, 1959

oil on canvas

13 x 15 inches

Thomas Chimes painting Locks Gallery

Untitled, 1961

oil on linen

16 x 21 inches

Thomas Chimes painting Locks Gallery

Untitled, 1964

oil on linen

20 x 24 inches 

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 (Ugly), 1965

oil on linen

21 x 26 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 Allentown Art Museum, PA; Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C., Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; Musee National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; 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, 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).

The Space Between Lines
First Floor Gallery
The Space Between Lines
Sol LeWitt, Ralph Humphrey, Thomas Chimes, Warren Rohrer, Sean Scully, Lee Ufan, Pat Steir October 12 – November 17, 2016
Pop Réal
Second Floor Gallery
Pop Réal
March 4 – April 16, 2016
Thomas Chimes
First Floor Gallery
Thomas Chimes
The Body in Spirals November 7 – December 31, 2014
The Insolent Eye
Second Floor Gallery
The Insolent Eye
Jarry in Art April 1 – May 13, 2011
1968
First Floor Gallery
1968
May 7 – June 11, 2010
Thomas Chimes
First Floor Gallery
Thomas Chimes
The Iambic Paintings April 4 – 30, 2008
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
The Entropy Paintings March 2 – April 14, 2007
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Confronting the Unconscious: Early Works 1958-1965 February 4 – March 19, 2005
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Faustroll: Landscape, 1980-1990 February 28 – April 5, 2003
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Complete Circle: Metal Boxes and Recent Paintings January 19 – February 24, 2001
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Pataphysician Redivivus: The Panel Portraits, 1973-78 March 5 – April 10, 1999
Exhibition
Celebrating Philadelphia: Andrade, Bershad, Havard, Leuders, Neff, Bateman, Chimes, Guatemala, Moore, Osborne
May 1986
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
September 1985
Exhibition
Group Exhibition: Andrade, Moore, Osborne, Kurtz, Dessner, Neff, Fahlen, Bershad, Havard, Pinto, Formicola, Burko, Keyser, Chimes
June 1985
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
April 1983
Exhibition
Recent Work by Andrade, Goodall, Grigsby, Hansen, Harris, McGinnis, Osborne, Pease, Ruben, Tucker, Zelt
November - December 1969
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
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 acquired by MOCA LA Jun 23, 2010
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Thomas Chimes acquired by Centre Pompidou Feb 9, 2010
Thomas Chimes
Exhibition
Thomas Chimes
Thomas Chimes acquired by the National Gallery of Art Feb 9, 2010
Thomas Chimes: artcritical
Writing
Thomas Chimes: artcritical
April 5, 2015

"Metal Boxes: A Hermetic Side of Thomas Chimes" by A.M. Weaver

Thomas Chimes: Art & Auction
Writing
Thomas Chimes: Art & Auction
April 2015

"Thomas Chimes: The Body in Spirals at Locks Gallery" by Doug McClemont

Thomas Chimes: ARTnews
Writing
Thomas Chimes: ARTnews
February 27, 2015

"Here Are the Nominees for the 2014 AICA Awards" by the Editors of ARTnews

Thomas Chimes: Art in America
Writing
Thomas Chimes: Art in America
June 1, 2009

"Thomas Chimes 1921-2009" by Faye Hirsch

Thomas Chimes: The Body in Spirals
Publication
Thomas Chimes: The Body in Spirals
Text by Kelsey Halliday Johnson 2014
Thomas Chimes: Into the White
Publication
Thomas Chimes: Into the White
Text by Anna-Maria Ehrmann-Schindlbeck 2013
Thomas Chimes: Symbolic Landscapes (1958-62)
Publication
Thomas Chimes: Symbolic Landscapes (1958-62)
2012
Thomas Chimes: Adventures in 'Pataphysics
Publication
Thomas Chimes: Adventures in 'Pataphysics
Text by Michael Taylor 2007
Thomas Chimes: The Entropy Paintings
Publication
Thomas Chimes: The Entropy Paintings
Interview by Phillip Mitsis 2007
Thomas Chimes: Confronting the Unconscious, Early Works: 1958–1965
Publication
Thomas Chimes: Confronting the Unconscious, Early Works: 1958–1965
2005
Thomas Chimes: Complete Circle
Publication
Thomas Chimes: Complete Circle
Text by David Cohen 2001
Thomas Chimes: Pataphysician Redivivus
Publication
Thomas Chimes: Pataphysician Redivivus
Text by Donald Kuspit 1999