Thomas Arnolds

Work

Exhibitions

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In his works, Thomas Arnolds explores central questions of painting, playing with principles of repetition and variation, reduction and redundancy, accumulation and concentration. Parts, either blurred or finely painted, often contrast with other distinctive gestures. Materiality, surface, and structure are the leading parameters in Arnolds’s investigation of painterly processes. While he creates plasticity through impasto paint application, in his two-dimensional oil paintings, he negates central perspective and therefore spatial representation. At the same time Arnolds also always understands painting as a site of confrontation.

After exploring painterly concerns in his early years using the primary colors red, yellow, and blue, as his "kitchen paintings" exemplify, the artist eventually expanded his palette and experimented with these in monochromatic works, e.g. in white, nude-colored, and blue. Aspects of the symbolism of colors interest him as much as metaphysical phenomena. Arnolds demonstrates a variety of motifs, including not only interiors, everyday-objects, or bonsai arrangements, but also architectural subjects – whether in the form of Clinker brick Expressionisms or column bases, the latter relating to the classical order of columns and its neoclassical references, thereby revealing moments of inflection, bending, and stretching. One thing is certain: in his painterly exploration of nature, culture, and architecture, Arnolds creates his own blueprint.

Thomas Arnolds (born 1975 in Geilenkirchen, lives and works in Cologne) initially completed an apprenticeship as a mason and sculptor before studying under Walter Dahn at the Braunschweig University of Art. Apart from solo shows at the Kunstverein Reutlingen or at the Leopold-Hoesch Museum in Düren, works by Arnolds have been shown internationally, including in cities, such as Los Angeles, Beirut, and Dubai. His work can be found in prestigious collections, such as the Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Düren, and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, where Arnolds has previously exhibited.

Vita

1975

Thomas Arnolds is born in Geilenkirchen

(lives and works in Cologne)

1994—1997

Apprenticeship stonemason and stonesculptor

1997—1999

Ecclesiastical conservation of Bistum Diocese Aachen


2001—2006

Braunschweig University of Art, Brunswick (Prof. Walter Dahn)

2006

Founded F.Y.W. with Tim Berresheim and Christian Collmer

Selected Solo Shows

2021

RUN (Disegno und Colour) - Klemm’s, Berlin

2020

Duo Show (with Mathias Schaufler) – ak RAUM, Cologne

Thomas Arnolds (with André Butzer), Livie Fine Art, Zurich

2019

You'll ever walk alone (dorisch) – Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf

Augmented Bonsai (Painting) – Nosbaum Reding, Luxemburg

Ort und Hall (Place and Echo) – Jahn und Jahn, Munich

Climb the horse and run (with Wolfgang Voegele) – Magasin Lotus, Copenhagen

2018

Thomas Arnolds. Duktusinduziert – Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren

Thomas Arnolds. Double Sunday (red or blue) – AK-Raum, Cologne

RUN, Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne

High and Safe – Kunstverein Heppenheim, Heppenheim

2017

Lufthaus – ak-Raum, Cologne

2016

MARB7 – Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne

Thomas Arnolds – Galerie Jahn Baaderstrasse, Munich (cat.)

2014

Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen (cat.)

2013

Peng – Regina Sprüth, Cologne

Luft#1 – Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne

2011

Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne (cat.)

2010

Papier / Öl / Luft – Gloria, Berlin (cat.)

Rausspazieren – Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne

2009

Spazieren (International) – Aschenbach & Hofland Galleries, Amsterdam

Boddy und Snake: Wonderful Life (with Tim Berresheim) – Jagla, Cologne

2007

Klinkerexpressionismus – Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne (cat.)

Ich mach klar Schiff – F.Y.W., Cologne (Kat.)

Selected Group Shows

2020

Don’t (Part I: Don’t Forget Your Mask) – Jahn und Jahn, Munich

Echo Chambers, curated by Christian Malycha – Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt (Main)

2019

Some Trees – Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles

Cinque Stagioni – Kunsthaus Essen, Essen

2018

40+10+1 – Jahn und Jahn, Munich

Trance, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut

Geheimnis der Dinge. Malstücke (curated by Hartmut Neumann), Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf

2017

Re-vison – Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn

Back to the shack, Meliksetian – Briggs, Los Angeles

Selvskabt Modvind – Sunday-s Gallery, Copenhagen

Thomas Arnolds, André Butzer, Daniel Mendel-Black – Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne

Berlin–Klondyke – UGM Studios, Slovenija

PLAN VIEW – Jahn und Jahn, Munich

2016

Der Funke soll in Dir sein (curated by André Butzer), Salon Dahlmann, Berlin

Papier – ak Raum, Cologne

Schau 3 – Kunsthaus Kollitsch, Klagenfurt

Surface as Interface as Surface – Carbon 12, Dubai

2015

The 1st Berlin Edition by Berlin-Klondyke, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin

2014

17 abstract paintings – Wertheim, Cologne

Wo ist hier#1: Malerei und Gegenwart – Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen (cat.)

In der Wohnung – Alte Fabrik, Gebert Stiftung für Kultur, Rapperswil (cat.)

Bien Merci // Stand der Dinge – Wertheim, Cologne

Fürchtet Euch nicht! Bestimmung des Feldes zu einer gegebenen Zeit: Malerei nach 2000 – Neue Galerie, Gladbeck

2013

A bis W – Q.H.S.O.I.Q.O.C.M.S., Berlin

Berlin-Klondyke – Spinnerei, Leipzig; Hipphalle, Gmunden

2012

There is…Reflections from a damaged life? – b-05, Montabaur (cat.)

Berlin-Klondyke – Neuer Pfaffenhofener Kunstverein, Pfaffenhofen

2011

Abstraktion – Sammlung Oehmen / Sammlung Bergmeier, Kunstsaele, Berlin

Dormition – Galerija Contra, Koper

Diktatur Charlottenburg – Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin

Berlin-Klondyke – Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, Dawson City

Papierarbeiten – Jagla, Cologne

2010

Der Westen leuchtet – Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn (cat.)

La Grande Dimension – Walzwerk, Dusseldorf

Crefelder Gesellschaft für Venezianische Malerei – Galerie Börgmann, Krefeld (cat.)

2009

De Nieuwste Collectie – Museum Bojimans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

F.Y.W. 573 km – Montgomery, Berlin

Up & down (W.T.F) Neue Arbeiten – F.Y.W. Cologne

2008

My Generation – Patrick Painter Inc. / Peres Projects / Reiner Opoku, Cologne

Regarding Dusseldorf – 701, Dusseldorf

2007

bye, bye Acapulco – Acapulco, Dusseldorf

Institut für zeitgenössische Beobachtung, Vienna

Tonskulpturen – F.Y.W., Cologne (cat.)