Painter of presidents coming to Folsom
FOLSOM — American Visions Art Gallery will host the first visit by nationally-acclaimed artist Andy Thomas on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Thomas is an artist who reached national acclaim and recognition with a series of paintings of U.S. Presidents — playing poker and playing pool, and his iconic portraits of President Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln. These group portraits of presidents relaxing has become as important as are his earlier paintings depicting the gold country and the west. The artist awarded a commemorative tribute to American Visions as one of the top-selling galleries of his art in the country.
The reception will run from 4 to 8 p.m. in Folsom’s Historic District. Admission is free to the public; Thomas will talk about his research of the west and of add dedications to his art bought at the gallery, and he’ll be autographing his book, “The Artist’s Journey.” The reception will include wine and light appetizers.
“Having Andy Thomas come to the gallery on the Saturday before our national election seemed like a great way to celebrate art and our country,” said American Visions’ owner Giovanna Stark. ”His work is tied to our lives, the historic cornerstones of our country, and the lively scenes from the past, of Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer counties. We want to kick off the elections by looking at our past presidents as they are remembered.”
Thomas, who comes from Carthage, Mo., has been an artist for more than 20 years, best known for his scenes of the West, historical events, and intimate moments of everyday life. In his studio he uses art to tell stories. As American Visions Gallery Director Shanell McQuirk put it, “We’ve had Andy Thomas’s Presidents pieces in the gallery for several years, usually in the front window and the gallery’s main showroom. People stop all the time to figure out who’s who, to name their favorites, and to see that art is also about conversation and pleasure.”
Thomas’ style has been compared to Charles Russell and Frederick Remington, and artist says he also has been influenced by Norman Rockwell and others. Another of his most popular pieces, “American Storytellers,” show Russell, Remington and Rockwell sitting around a campfire with Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, Ben Franklin and others listening to Mark Twain.
Many of Thomas’ historical images have been used in books and as book covers, and his paintings have been featured in magazines, private and corporate collections, and in the permanent collections of museums around the country.
The artist is a member of the famed Salmagundi Club in New York, The Portrait Society of America and other art organizations.