My original paintings explore the relationships between the world we live in and the worlds we sense, but can’t perceive directly. Phantasmagoric patterns riff in and out of natural subject matter, yielding imagery that is at once contemplative and energetic. When I paint, I examine the life forms and landscapes we so often take for granted, and try to conjure what their secret lives might reveal. My pieces weave together the fleeting and the eternal, the ordinary and the Divine.
- Elise Thomason
A native of Albertville, Alabama, Elise Thomason earned a BFA (summa cum laude) at Auburn University.
Thomason began her career as an internationally award-winning graphic designer and illustrator (see EliseThomason.com), a career in which she designed the look of an Olympic Winter Games (Torino 2006) and created imaging and design systems for national and international clients such as Coca-Cola, Visa, Volkswagen, André 3000 of OutKast, the State of Georgia, The U.S. Virgin Islands, and many more.
In recent years Thomason has integrated more fine art endeavors into her practice. In 2021, she founded Elise Thomason Print Studio (EliseThomasonPrintStudio.com), an online gallery of fine art prints of hundreds of objects, plants, and animals that helps people use art to tell their life stories. In the summer of 2022, Thomason began to paint regularly, as a way to explore new artistic territory. She has participated in shows throughout the Southeast since 2022.
Thomason lives in Atlanta with her husband, Chuck, and their son, Charles.
Painter, 2022 - Present
Founder & Artist, Elise Thomason Print Studio, 2021 - Present
Independent Designer: 2013 - Present
Illustrator, E.W. Thomason, 2011 - 2015
Associate Creative Director, Iconologic, 2010 - 2013
Designer & Senior Designer, Iconologic, 2000 - 2010
Advisory Council Member, Auburn University School of Industrial & Graphic Design
FEATURES + SHOWS
2 Exclusive collections with Dress The Room Charleston, 2023
Group Show, Julep Gallery, St. Simons Island, Georgia, 2023
Exclusive collection of prints with The Pruitt Shop, a sister brand of Liza Pruitt, 2022-present
The Wesleyan Show, Group Show, The Wesleyan School, Atlanta, 2023
The Big Tiny Show, Group Show, The District Gallery, Knoxville, 2022
Wake Now My Senses, Group Show, The Pulgram Gallery at UUCA, Atlanta, 2022
Featured in Olympic Games | The Design, From Athens 1896 to Tokyo 2020 by Markus Osterwalder, Niggli Press, 2020
ABV Gallery, Group Show, Atlanta, 2013
The Great Discontent (E.W. Thomason), 2012
Design Work Life (E.W. Thomason), 2012
They Draw (E.W. Thomason), 2012
Permanent Collection, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2007
Communication Arts Typography Annual, 2012
AIGA SEED Awards, Best in Show, 2007 & 2009
The One Show, Golden Pencil, 2008
AIGA Design Archives, 2007
Cover Story, Communication Arts, 2006
Communication Arts Design Annual, 2006
Cover Story, Auburn Alumni Magazine, 2006
Graphis Logos, 2002
BFA, Auburn University, Summa Cum Laude