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Born Oxford England 1971


There are times when the biography of an artist is anything but incidental, shaping the course of his or her life’s work with an almost prophetic determination. British-born Clement Price-Thomas is one such artist. The son and grandson of two prominent male surgeons, Price-Thomas grew up in a kind of mental operating theater, studying anatomy under the tutelage of his father, pouring over sketches of surgical instruments drawn and devised by his grandfather, exploring drawers stuffed with medical tools, etc. In such a world, the budding artist understood at an early age that not only could life could turn on a dime, and therein lied its preciousness, but conversely that nature and the human body held "infinite power and invention." This dual awareness has permeated his thinking ever since, defining a quasi-scientific relationship to art in which experimentation, metamorphosis, cycles of decay and growth, became both metaphors and method.

Indeed, Price-Thomas is something of an alchemist at heart. His sculptures and paintings intentionally alter and activate the inherent properties of organic materials like salt, blood, air, mold, plants, bone, and water through the intervention of technology - transformers, explosives, generators, pumps, motors, etc. From the beginning, his earliest works were studies in this interdependence, blurring the line between man-made and natural environments, as in his 1991 project in which he created artificial coral in the Bahamas by harnessing solar energy to grow calcium over wire mesh. Later works including Heart Studies, 2001-05, and Blood of an Englishman, 2008, similarly merge the synthetic and the biological, each through the primary use of salt. The former consists of anatomically shaped hearts made of neon tubes and plastic whose surfaces are slowly overgrown with crystalline structures of salt generated by electricity. The latter, a series of abstract paintings, whose Rorschach-like forms derive from a mixture of human blood and salt, also has a visible life span that changes over time, their color and texture deepening as oxygen, air, and light condition their rate of degeneration.

Of course, Price-Thomas is an artist, not a scientist or a surgeon, and many of his works are phenomenological at root, exploring our perception of consciousness - the state of being alive - through an intuitive engagement with environment. Serpentine Project, 2005, for example, is sited outdoors in a landscape alternately urban and pastoral; the river Serpentine, a 28-acre recreational lake in Hyde Park, London. In it, large-scale circles appear and disappear on the surface of the water, in patterns whose visibility are determined by weather and light as well as the viewer’s position. Whilst You Were Sleeping, 2007, by contrast, takes the laboratory out onto the streets of NYC, featuring a 95-foot high stream of water activated by a high pressure electrical pump attached to an open fire hydrant. Seen anywhere from up close to a 10-block radius, viewer responses to the strange, inexplicable phenomenon, which Price-Thomas collected and recorded, ranged from pleasure to disinterest and fear. So too, The Guide, 2008-09, a sculpture whose external form resembles nothing more than a forgettable pile of leaves until it ever so slowly reveals its breathing. Rising and falling with the soft, rhythmic pace of a resting heartbeat - an illusion made real through the creation of an artificial breathing rig - The Guide has been installed in parks and on pavement, by trees and alongside garbage. Like all that water coursing underground in our cities, it reminds us of the power of unseen forces, disrupting the viewer’s sense of the ordinary. And as with all of Price-Thomas' works, we are reminded that life heightens awareness of the life force that courses through all of us.

Selected Awards

2009 ~ Winner: Celeste Italian International Art Prize, Installation and Sculpture in Berlin, Germany


Selected Solo Exhibitions / Installations

2009 ~ "The Guide", Public Artwork, London, UK
2008 ~ "The Guide", Public Artwork, NY, USA
2007 ~ "Whilst You’re Sleeping", Public Artwork, NY, USA
2006 ~ "Featured Artist", Scope Art Fair, Sara Tecchia Gallery, NY, USA
2006 ~ "Mirror Series", Public Artwork, NY, USA
2004 ~ "Recent Works", Mother Space, London, UK
2003 ~ "6 of Hearts", Metal House, London, UK
2001 ~ "Blue Salt Series"Bermondsey High Street Studio, London, UK
1994 ~ “Spring", Kingston University, London, UK
1994 ~ "Spring", St. Anne’s Church Soho, London, UK
1994 ~ "Spring", Royal Grammar, Surrey, UK
1993 ~ “One", Lyndhurst Grove London, UK
1993 ~ "Watering the Sun", Thames River, London, UK
1992 ~ "Neon and Lead", Lyndhurst Grove, London, UK
1990 ~ Site-specific installation in Cherokee, Grand Bahamas


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 ~ "7 Walks in the Woods", ANKAundANDERS, Struxdorf, Germany
2016 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Nikolaikirche Rostock, Germany
2015 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Rauch Museum, Freudenberg, Germany
2014 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Capella Del Arte, Puebla, Mexico
2014 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Capella Del Arte, Puebla, Mexico
2013 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Museo Metropolitano, Lima, Peru
2013 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Galeria Marta Traba, S’o Paulo, Brazil
2012 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Iberia Center of Contemporary Art, Peking, China
2012 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Goethe-Institut and Modern Art Museum, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
2012 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Goethe Institut, Mumbai, India
2011 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Virginia Haus, Hamburg, Germany
2011 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", The Water Tower, Bremen, Germany
2011 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Neuer Kunstverein Pfaffenhofen, Ingolstadt, Germany
2011 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Bauhaus Dessau, Umweltbundesamt, Germany
2011 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Westwendischer Kunstverein Wendland, Germany
2010 ~ "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen / Examples to Follow!", Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany
2009 ~ "Celeste International Art Prize 2009",Winner, Berlin, Germany
2009 ~ "Inside Out" Bedford Hills Correction Facility, Bedford, NY, USA
2008 ~ "Its Only Natural" Victory Arts Projects, NY, USA
2007 ~ "Why Can’t We All Just Get Along" Sara Tecchia Roma New York, NY, USA
2006 ~ "Victory Hall’s Annual Painting Show 2006" Victory Hall Cultural Centre, NY, USA
2006 ~ "Unnaturally Occurring: Salt, Sand, Bronze, Gold" Sara Tecchia Roma New York , NY, USA
2000 ~ "Recent Paintings" Bermondsey High Street Studio, London, UK
1999 ~ "Group Show" Bermondsey High Street Studio, London, UK
1998 ~ "Untitled" Bermondsey High Street Studio, London, UK
1992 ~ "Top 10 Art Schools Great Britain", Curtain Road Gallery, London, UK
1991 ~ "The Discerning Eye" Mall Galleries, London, UK
1991 ~ "Its Going to Work" Portland Rd Studios Kingston, London, UK
1990 ~ "Breaking and Entering" 100 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, UK


Selected Bibliography

Enorm "Hingehen Empfohlen" 2010
Neues Deutschland "Der Warme Atem von Grunem Gras"
2010 Berliner Morgenpost "Ein Cent t’glich soll Deutschland retten"
2010 Arte TV "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen!" TV Berich
2010 Uferhallen "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen!" Style and Tunes Berlin
2010 Freitag.de "Van Weizen und Wanzen"
2010 Rat fur Nachhaltige Entwicklung "Interview with Adrienne Goehler"
2010 Finnland.de "Zur Nachahmung Empfohlen!" 2010
Artist Unite Magazine; editorial May 2006

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