Thomas Arnolds




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.



Thomas Arnolds is born in Geilenkirchen

(lives and works in Cologne)


Apprenticeship stonemason and stonesculptor


Ecclesiastical conservation of Bistum Diocese Aachen


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


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

Selected Solo Shows


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


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

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


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


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


Lufthaus – ak-Raum, Cologne


MARB7 – Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne

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


Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen (cat.)


Peng – Regina Sprüth, Cologne

Luft#1 – Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne


Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne (cat.)


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

Rausspazieren – Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne


Spazieren (International) – Aschenbach & Hofland Galleries, Amsterdam

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


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

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

Selected Group Shows


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

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


Some Trees – Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles

Cinque Stagioni – Kunsthaus Essen, Essen


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


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


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


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


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


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

Berlin-Klondyke – Spinnerei, Leipzig; Hipphalle, Gmunden


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

Berlin-Klondyke – Neuer Pfaffenhofener Kunstverein, Pfaffenhofen


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


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

La Grande Dimension – Walzwerk, Dusseldorf

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


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


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

Regarding Dusseldorf – 701, Dusseldorf


bye, bye Acapulco – Acapulco, Dusseldorf

Institut für zeitgenössische Beobachtung, Vienna

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