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Thomas Pringle

Thomas Pringle (b. 1941) joined the Creativity Explored studio in 2006. Known for his portraiture, Pringle states, “What I see is what I draw.”

Whether painting or drawing, Pringle’s art practice is marked an honest and true line. The erasures of its early attempts are in plain sight. Pringle will leave the three tries at an eye’s shape stacked above and below the best one. The multiple versions of a bent elbow move faintly beneath the solidified final choice. 

Recchiuti Confections chose a quartet of his colorful canine portraits to adorn their 4th series of artisanal chocolates (2010). And as for those colors, Pringle has this to say: "I just pick colors as I go along. I figure out what the colors should be. I keep mixing or looking until I get the color I want. To get the color gold you need four colors: orange, yellow, blue, and white. Not too much blue. If you mix those up in the right order you'll get pure gold. There's some gold that's a dirty gold. A nurse gave me some gold paint in a jar when I was in the hospital about three years ago. I was doing artwork in the hospital." 

Pringle’s artwork has been exhibited around the Bay Area. In addition to being featured in numerous Creativity Explored exhibitions, he was included in Pro Arts Juried Annual 2012 exhibition, and in Faces at Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA in 2011. 

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Samples of Pringle's work





Selected Exhibitions

2014
BOOKWORKS: Text and Images from the Creativity Explored Archives, San Francisco Public Library - Main Branch, San Francisco, CA
StereoTYPE, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
INK, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
A Curious Menagerie, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2013
SIDESHOW, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
I Have Never Taken the Time to Really Look, Accident and Artifact, San Francisco, CA

2011
Pro Arts Juried Annual 2012, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA
Structure, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
SMALL, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Faces, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Masters, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Black and White and Read All Over, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2010
Spectrum, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2009
"Science" Fiction, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Inscriptions, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Repetition, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
TV and Me, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2008
Fibrocosm, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2007
Super Heroes Super Villains, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Transmissions, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

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