Thomas Chimes white painting Locks Gallery

CH 03.21.00, 2000

oil on panel

11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Thomas Chimes white painting Locks Gallery

CH 05.28.97, 1997

oil on panel

11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Thomas Chimes white painting Locks Gallery

CH 04.22.97, 1997

oil on panel

11 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches

Thomas Chimes white painting Locks Gallery

Ch 04.29.00, 2000

oil on panel

11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Thomas Chimes white painting Locks Gallery

Ch 05.13.99, 1999

oil on panel

11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Thomas Chimes white painting Locks Gallery

Ch 08.30.00, 2000

oil on panel

11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Thomas Chimes white painting Locks Gallery

Concerning the Surface, 1989

oil on wood board

30 x 36 inches

Thomas Chimes white painting Locks Gallery

Faustroll Had Noted A Small Fragment, 1995
oil on wood panel
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches 

Thomas Chimes white painting Locks Gallery

Recalculating the Extension of Y, 1995
oil on wood panel
23 7/8 x 23 13/16 inches

Thomas Chimes white painting Locks Gallery
If One Can Measure, 1994
oil on wood
11 15 /16 x 11 7/8 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