About The Artist

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Thomas Bils was born on 1993 in Melbourne, Florida. He moved to Miami to study painting at New World School of The Arts, receiving a BFA in 2017. Thomas continues to live and work in Miami as an artist in residence for Bakehouse Art Complex.

Thomas Bils’s paintings are a result of his interests over epistemology of memory and the ontology of its subjects, using his adolescence in central Florida as the base position of introspection. Working in photoreferential oil painting he accesses the mnemonic properties of the photograph and translates the image as an act of nostalgic contemplation. During the translation process Thomas assumes the role of an unreliable narrator, embellishing details and events to leave the image with narratorial unease. This falsification accounts for the deteriorating truths of a reconsolidating memory. In depicting his home of Florida he employs nontraditional signifiers with the intention of inciting a sense of belonging and common ground for an initiated audience.


Curriculum Vitae

Education

2017 BFA, New World School of The Arts | Miami, FL

Exhibitions

2010      Group Exhibition, Robot Love 2.0 | Melbourne, FL

2012      Solo Exhibition, Slow Gallery | Melbourne, FL

2017      Group Exhibition, Miami Bienalle | Miami, FL

2017      Group Exhibition, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation | Miami, FL

2017      Group Exhibition, Mindy Solomon Gallery | Miami, FL

2018      Group Exhibition, Touzet Studio | Miami, FL

2018      Group Exhibition, Audrey Love Gallery | Miami, FL

2018      Solo Exhibition, &gallery | Miami, FL

2019 Group Exhibition, &gallery | Miami, FL

2019 Group Exhibition, Tempus Projects | Tampa, FL

2019 Group Exhibition, Collabo 6 | Miami FL

2019 Group Exhibition, Casa Munoz | Miami FL

2019 Group Exhibition (11/1-11/17), CICA | Gimpo, South Korea

Residencies

2018-   
cur. Bakehouse Art Complex | Miami, FL

2019 Void Projects | Miami, FL

2020 Ollite Arts at Anderson Ranch | Snowmass Village, CO

Bibliography

2018 28°04’44″N 80°42’22″W, Art Is About

2018 Critic’s Choice November 2018, Art Circuits

2018 Success Creative - “Florida Boy”, Brickell Magazine

2019 Studio Visit Magazine

Audio

2019 RCS Vol. 122, Rocking Chair Sessions