Roy Thomas

Roy Thomas (1949 - 2004)

Time and Life ... the gift from the Great Spirit to us is time and life. Everything we want is here.

 

“I am born Ahnisnabae (People of the Land). I know how to paint. The spirit of art and our Elders teach me what to paint.

It is not how I paint, it is what I paint that’s important. Painting experience than knowledge is easier. The spirit of art teaches me that the paint brush comes from the hair of an animal and the handle of the paintbrush comes from the tree. I would like to acknowledge my relatives for their wisdom of invention of the art material. Being an artist completes my purpose in life. I am forever grateful.”
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"I was born an Ahnisnabae-artist (people of the land). I am a painter in the Ojibway Woodland style for 35 years. This style uses symbolisms and imagery inspired by the pictographs that I saw as a child. The spirit of art and my elders have taught me through visions what to paint. These visions compliment the strengths, values and traditions of my people, my family, my community and my nation. Through my artwork, I paint these visions of teachings so that they can be shared with others."

 

Roy Thomas was born in 1949 in Pacquashun (Moving Waters), Ontario, near Longlac. He was raised mainly by his grandparents, who had a great appreciation for nature. At an early age Roy was taught to respect nature and all living things through the stories his grandmother would narrate. It was his grandmother who encouraged him to express himself through art. She would give him a long stick to hold in his hand while she would tell him short stories. He began to draw what he visualized. Gradually she told him longer stories and gave him shorter sticks to draw in the sand, earth or snow. As he grew older he became frustrated with the drawing that would wash away or disappear in an instant with one big gust of wind. His grandmother assured him, “My grandson, the stories and drawings are never gone, someday they will all come back to you”. Eventually the stick was replaced with a pencil and then brushes. To this day Roy believes his grandmother is present in all his paintings and he honors her by signing his works with s small crow, which was the name his grandmother gave him. Roy, primarily a self-taught artist, was influenced by Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig and Carl Ray, all of whom were the pioneers of the Woodland School of Art. Roy’s strength lies in his design ability and his bold use of line and color. He has had numerous one-man exhibitions and has participated in several group shows around the world. His work is represented in major Aboriginal Art Collections across Canada and in the US, Europe and Japan.

Creation

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 48 x 95 Inches
Code No.: RT105
Price: $21,500.00
SOLD

Water Spirits

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 x 30 Inches
Code No.: RT109
Price: $5,500.00

Family

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 x 30 Inches
Code No.: RT107
Price: $5,500.00

Artist and His Spirit Animals

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 x 30 Inches
Code No.: RT106
Price: $5,500.00

The Great Flood

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 x 30 Inches
Code No.: RT108
Price: $5,500.00

Three Birds

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 18 x 24 Inches
Code No.: RT101
Price: $2,500.00

Fish

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 15 x 18 Inches
Code No.: RT104
Price: $2,000.00

Buffalo Dancer

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 15 x 18 Inches
Code No.: RT103
Price: $2,000.00

Figure With Bird

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 15 x 18 Inches
Code No.: RT102
Price: $2,000.00

Nature’s Communication

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 29.5 x 44 Inches
Code No.: WT33
Price: $9,500.00 Framed

Dancing Water

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 x 18 Inches
Code No.: WT34
Price: $4,950.00 Framed
SOLD

Fish Spirit

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 17 x 22 Inches
Code No.: WT35
Price: $3,800.00 Framed
SOLD

Owls Lake

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 14 x 17 Inches
Code No.: WT36
Price: $2,850.00 Framed

All Things Connected

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 9 x 12 Inches
Code No.: WT39
Price: $1,950.00 Framed
SOLD

Birch Bark- Fish Spirit

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Birchbark
Size: 9 x 12 Inches
Code No.: WT40
Price: $1,500.00 Framed
SOLD

Birchbark- Beaver Spirit

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Acrylic on Birchbark
Size: 8.5 x 13.5 Inches
Code No.: WT41
Price: $1,500.00 Framed

Limited Edition Hand Coloured Etchings

Artist: Roy Thomas

Spiritual Ties

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Etching
Size: 7.5 x 18 Inches
Code No.: WT52
Price: $750.00

Mooshimis

Artist: Roy Thomas
Medium: Etching
Size: 18.5 x 7 Inches
Code No.: WT53
Price: $750.00