ORANGE WALL GALLERY
18 June to 22 August 2020
Thomas went to the National Gallery School (Victoria University) and studied Painting under John Brack, Drawing and Printmaking under Fred Williams. He completed a Diploma of Fine Art in 1963. He graduated from RMIT University in Art in 1965 and post graduate Industrial Design in 1967. The same year he went to Montsalvat and continued his art career assisting Matcham Skipper with some large sculpture and silversmithing commissions.
His art career lead him to teaching vocational Art at La Trobe University (Bendigo), Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE (Townsville) - School of Art and Design where he became the Head of the School in 1988. He was appointed foundation Head of the School of Visual Art and Design at James Cook University in 1991 - 1996. Whilst at James Cook University he undertook research and studies and was awarded a Master of Creative Arts Degree in 1994. He opened Artyfacs Studio in Aratula in 1997 and moved to Warwick in 2003.
In this exhibition ,Reflections, Thomas will present a suite of acrylic paintings that explore and revisit places that have had an impact on his life.
Image: Redcliff Mildura Thomas Benkendorff
Official Opening: No official opening due to COVID19 safety restrictions
Public Programs: to be advised
Image: Along the Birdsville Tracknear Birdsville, Queensland photo by Colin Beard