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Thomas Pringle

According to Thomas Pringle (b. 1941), he got his first job at 1½ years old picking fruit from trees. A few months later he was paid for collecting rattlesnakes in a sack, and a year after that he became the youngest fighter pilot in WWII. Once, he threw a line off Pier 39 and caught a shark using bits of squid as bait. To top it all off, at the age of nine he heroically, and safely, crash-landed an airplane into a large sandbox at a children’s playground. No children were harmed. Life is how you tell it, art is what you call it, and Pringle states, “What I see is what I draw.” But how can you trust a fabled raconteur like Thomas Pringle? You look at his work, and listen to what it tells you. His line is true; it is honest. The erasures of its early attempts are in plain sight. He’ll 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.

A master of all drawing media, Pringle is an accomplished painter as well. Recchiuti Confections, one of our community arts partners, 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 has been spinning yarns and making art in our studios since 2006.

Print Bio

Samples of Pringle's work





Selected Exhibitions

2013
SIDESHOW, Creativity Explored, 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
TV and Me, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2008
Fibrocosm, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Tasty, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

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

2004
Functionable, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

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