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Interactions of Texture: Art by Ginger Thomas

An abstract painting combining copper and aqua colorsAqua Dream, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Self-taught artist Ginger Thomas creates mixed media artworks with a focus on interactions of texture and color. Ginger’s abstract works are built up over a layer of adhesive, creating a heavy, mottled look that encourages close examination.

A painting with deep blue figures on a golden backgroundCity Dwellers, acrylic and mixed media on canvas


Though Ginger’s works are abstract, I do enjoy the occasional moments where the artist plays with figures – these are never firmly defined as people or objects, but rather seem to emerge from the material of the artwork itself, existing in their own painted realm. Instead of defining details, Ginger’s focus seems to be on creating color contrast. Gold or bronze-colored monoliths stand out against the darkened blue-grey gradient of the background, creating a focal point for the viewer.

The front page of Ginger Thomas' art websiteThe front page of Ginger's art website


In other works where the focus is on cohesion rather than contrast, Ginger’s layered application of media creates a lush, rich texture for the overall canvas. The placement of color seems deliberate, but never forced, and the resulting works have a calming, almost meditative effect.

An abstract diptych with a line of copper running across the canvasesCopper Illusion 1 and II (diptych), acrylic and mixed media on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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