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A trois blanc
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Art in Healthcare

A trois blanc 1973

Colin Thoms (1912–1997)

Art in Healthcare

Painter and teacher, born in Edinburgh. He was early interested in painting through his friendship with the Peploe family, and from 1929–33 studied at Edinburgh College of Art with S J Peploe, William Gillies and D M Sutherland. From 1934–6 more studies followed at Slade School of Fine Art, at several schools in Paris including Atelier Colarossi, then in Italy, Belgium and Germany; he had gained a travelling scholarship from Edinburgh College of Art and an Andrew Grant Fellowship. Began part-time teaching at Loretto School, Musselburgh in 1937, to which he returned, after war service, in 1946, full-time. From 1951–77 he taught at Gray’s School of Art, in Aberdeen, then started painting full-time. Thoms was a prominent member of SSA, being its president in 1949; exhibited regularly with RSA from 1928.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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