Avril Thomas Portrait Artist

Avril Thomas is a full time Artist specializing in Traditional style Contemporary Realist Portraiture and figurative work. Avril has original paintings and drawings in Corporate and private collections round Australia and Internationally.

Her work is featured in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, has been selected in many National competitions or exhibitions including the Kedumba drawing awardThe Archibald and Women Painting Women a National Biannual event in Victoria (selected in the first 8 artists nationwide for the inaugural exhibition.)

Avril was commissioned by Arts in Health at Flinders Medical Centre and painted a 42-piece collection in which 10 surgeons and all the staff working with them at the time took part. This was followed by a commission by Adelaide University School of Medicine to paint 59 luminaries for an exhibition at Bonython Hall, Adelaide Convention Centre and at the School of Medicine. She has also completed 9 portraits for the Monash University.

Avril has been a member of Portrait Artists AustraliaRoyal South Australian Society of Arts, and The Portrait Society of America.

She has judged 6 local art shows and 2 International Art Prizes. Her Art Gallery is at Magpie Springs where local, National and International Artists have exhibited and visited. Seymour College have also included Magpie Springs for 2 yrs as part of their Arts curriculum.

A few examples of past subjects include Australian National Treasure – Basil Hetzel AC , Governor Marjorie Jackson Nelson AC, CVO, MBE, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer AC, Premier Mike Rann AC, CNZM, Vice Chancellor Flinders University Anne Edwards, Mike Tyler AO  , Cheryl Bart AO, and Gerry Ryan OAM.

Currently Avril Thomas works at her studio at Magpie Springs in the centre of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Avril is available to paint an original custom-made portrait or a drawing of you or your loved ones…… These works are archival.

To discover the ideal vision for your Corporate or Heirloom portrait project, Avril will gather visual information about your portrait through conversation, photography and perhaps paint sketches from life. Avril prefers the work will tell a story of the subject but sometimes something simpler is required.

Gift giving – Avril finds the best and most meaningful gift, is when the subject participates with making of their portrait. These portraits are a wholly personal and collaborative adventure.  Alternatively, the surprise could be an organized visit for a photography session so Avril can acquire the reference material for the one-of-a-kind, heirloom quality portrait.

Avril does prefer to paint from her own photos and references, but to paint a portrait as a surprise gift, working from your own photography is sometimes possible, depending on the photo.

Prints of some of her work can be purchased worldwide online
Paintings and drawings https://www.redbubble.com/people/AvrilThomasart/shop
Images inspired by Magpie Springs https://www.redbubble.com/people/MagpieSprings/shop

Avril’s Gallery is at Magpie Springs – https://magpiesprings.com.au/



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