Q&A Scene: Stu Thomas

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
I’m having my first solo exhibition of paintings at Brunswick Street Gallery. Opening nite is March 24, and it runs until April 6th. The show is called “ESTRANGED (Man From Nature.”Obviously, I am primarily known through playing rock music for 20-odd years, but I have been doing paintings on canvas for a couple of years. This has been a long time coming. I’ve always drawn in notebooks or on scraps of paper, especially on tour. Finally got out of the notebook onto a bigger medium, with more colour. They are expressionist, surreal and kinetic works.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
The last one I did.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
[pullquote]I’ve always drawn in notebooks or on scraps of paper, especially on tour. [/pullquote]I was gathering some of my artworks to be photographed recently. There’s canvasses and paper all over the front room. I go into the other room, return, and my dog has taken my latest piece into his basket and has chewed a corner off it. Good timing. Anyway, a quick repair and all was well with the world. He was locked out that day.

See more artworks here.

What, or who, inspires you?
I quite like the creative odd-balls, musically or art-wise. I like stuff on the street, random street art in states of dis-repair. I like textures of nature, and powerlines. I like improvisation. I like drive.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
How Insensitive by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

What’s next for you?
I have some dates playing with The Coral Snakes, NGV March 3, Adelaide Fest March 9. Then some Stu Thomas Paradox Adelaide shows March 10 at Hotel Metro, March 11 at Wheatsheaf. After this exhibition I have an idea for a series and will probably show that mid-year. Also, some Julitha Ryan gigs coming up.

What’s your scene?
Art & music

About Stu Thomas

Stu Thomas has been on the Australian music scene for over 25 years, and performed in over 20 countries.. He has released a few records, and appeared on dozens of others. As a bass player he’s worked with Dave Graney & The MistLY for 13 years, Kim Salmon & The Surrealists for 22 years, and collaborated with many other artistes of note. He is also a visual artist, and feels the time is right to reveal this side of his creativity.

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