About The Artist
George Frederick Thomas grew up in Gloucestershire attending Dean Close School, Cheltenham and completing an Art Foundation at SGS College Stroud. At the age of 17 he began drawing caricatures at the local farmers' market in Stroud. His artistic ability has been widely recognised and he has been hired to draw caricatures at many events across the UK.
George is also an accomplished martial artist and from the age of 14 he would train five evenings a week after school. He has competed at a semi-professional level in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as well as competing at an amateur level in Kickboxing and Freestyle Wrestling. Despite his success as an amateur fighter his passion for art led him to move to London at the age of 20 to further pursue his studies and career as an artist.
He enrolled at the London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA) 2014 – 2017 to study traditional painting and drawing techniques. He greatly enjoys painting from life and has travelled to various countries in Europe and South America to draw the people and paint new horizons, including climbing a flat top mountain on the Venezuelan-Brazilian border where he painted a watercolour using water collected from a mountain stream, and painting in the snow in the Pyrenees Mountains. Whilst still a student he won the Tuscany Plein-Air scholarship in 2016. He has also been featured with his art work on Brazilian TV. He is fascinated by the array of visual and cultural differences around the world and often chooses to visit areas that are off the tourist trail where he can learn more and experience the local cultures. He exhibits his work frequently in London and the south of England and has had his work exhibited in galleries in Chelsea, Belgravia and Mayfair. In 2019 he was commissioned to paint live at a wedding reception held in the Ritz. He is currently based in Stockwell and takes portrait, pet and landscape commissions he is also available to paint live at weddings and events.
1994 Born in Taunton, Somerset, UK. Currently lives and works in London
2014 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, SGS College Stroud
2014-2017 London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA)
2015 20th Anniversary Art Exhibition, BonBernard Gallery, Cheltenham
2016 Candid Arts Summer Salon. London
2016 Pintar Rapido, Old Town Hall Chelsea, London
2016 Art in the City, Gloucester
2016 Candid Arts, ‘The Nude’, London
2017 Art in the City, Gloucester
2017 Pintar Rapido, Old Town Hall Chelsea, London
2017 Chelsea Arts Society 70th Exhibition, Old Town Hall Chelsea, London
2017 Guggleton Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Dorset
2018 Osborne Studio Gallery, Belgravia, London
2018 Guggleton Gallery Christmas exhibition, Dorset
2019 Summer Art Show 50 Brook Street, Mayfair, London
2019 'Out Of The Shadows' 54 The Gallery, Mayfair, London
2017 Beyond the Gates, BonBernard Gallery, Cheltenham
2016 Tuscany Plein-Air Scholarship
2019 Art In The City Gloucester 2nd Prize
2020 ARC International Salon Semi-Finalist