Les Thomas

Canadian [b. 1962]

Les Thomas has long recognized painting as a language in its own right, and its diversity in terms of poetic and conceptual messages, exhibited by each individual picture.

Les Thomas’ education is indicative of his dedication to his chosen profession as an artist. He sifts through a wide variety of visual sources for the imagery in his work. The influence of his view of painting as a very noble activity is combined with his acknowledgement that it can be inventive and enjoyable for both the artist and the viewer. The other major influence is culture, in its broadest terms, including all aspects of our everyday life.

Les Thomas’ animal paintings tend to play with the relationship between culture and nature. The unique blend of oil and metallic paints that he applies, he explains, “may very well pertain to memory, and the manner in which we hold visual experiences within the capacities for recollection. Think of the last time you encountered a bear on the roadside, or craned your neck to watch a mountain goat or sheep on a steep and rocky slope.”

Les Thomas, as a highly accomplished artist has received many awards for his work, and been featured in several publications, and has his paintings in public and private collections in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. and Germany.

A Few Notable Results from Hodgins Art Auctions

Les Thomas

ANIMAL PAINTING #10-0023 (GRIZZLY); 2010
oil and wax on masonite (cradled panel)
48 x 48 in.

Sold for $ 11,700 – May 2021
A record price at auction for the artist

Les Thomas

ANIMAL PAINTING #014-1138 (GRIZZLY); 2014
oil on canvas (gallery-wrapped)
72 x 96 in.

Sold for $ 10,530 – May 2021

Les Thomas

BLACK BEAR (AP #05-4272); 2004-2005
encaustic and oil on board
60 x 60 in.

Sold for $ 9,360 – November 2018

Les Thomas

ANIMAL PAINTING #45+4276 (BLACK BEAR); 2005
encaustic on canvas
48 x 48 in.

Sold for $ 9,360 – February 2021

Les Thomas

COYOTE (AP #05-4260); 2005
oil on canvas
48 x 48 in.

Sold for $ 9,000 – November 2016

Les Thomas

ANIMAL PAINTING #017-1505 (MOOSE); 2017
oil on canvas
60 x 60 in.

Sold for $ 8,775 – September 2023

We are always seeking works by Les Thomas to be included in future auctions.

If you are interested in selling with us, or wish to get our opinion of the value of your artworks, please contact us for an appointment to evaluate your artwork for auction.

Alternately, you can easily submit details of your artworks through our Request of Auction Estimates form.

More Extensive Results from our Previous Auctions

9,000.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Les Thomas

Title: COYOTE (AP #05-4260)

Date: 2005

Medium: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm)

Notes:

signed, titled & dated verso

Provenance: Canada House Gallery, Banff AB (label verso)

6,000.00
Estimate:
8,000.00
 - 

LOT: 8

Auction: 2023 December | Hodgins Art Auctions

8,775.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Les Thomas

Title: ANIMAL PAINTING #017-1505 (MOOSE)

Date: 2017

Medium: 2017

Dimensions: 60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

Notes:

signed, titled & dated verso
Provenance: Canada House Gallery, Banff AB

8,000.00
Estimate:
10,000.00
 - 

LOT: 70

Auction: 2023 September | Hodgins Art Auctions

2,340.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Les Thomas

Title: ANIMAL PAINTING #011-0481 (MOOSE)

Date: 2011

Medium: oil and encaustic on cradled panel

Dimensions: 24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm)

Notes:

signed, titled & dated verso
Provenance: Canada House Gallery, Banff AB

2,000.00
Estimate:
3,000.00
 - 

LOT: 66

Auction: 2023 June | Hodgins Art Auctions

1,725.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Les Thomas

Title: MELON AND PEARS

Date: 1997

Medium: oil on board

Dimensions: 16 x 16 in.

750.00
Estimate:
950.00
 - 

LOT: 278

Auction: 2005 November

1,035.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Les Thomas

Title: STILL LIFE

Date: 1992-4

Medium: oil on board

Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 15 in.

Notes:

signed, titled & dated

600.00
Estimate:
800.00
 - 

LOT: 424

Auction: 2006 November | Hodgins Art Auctions

287.50
Price Realized: $

Artist: Les Thomas

Title: RADISHES

Date: 1991

Medium: oil on board

Dimensions: 6.5 x 9 in. (16.5 x 22.9 cm)

Notes:

Provenance: Masters Gallery, Calgary

400.00
Estimate:
600.00
 - 

LOT: 93

Auction: 2012 November | Hodgins Art Auctions

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