I’m Lila Thomas (she/they) and I’m a black queer Seattle-based visual artist from Southern Louisiana. I received my BFA in Drawing/Painting at Nicholls State University. My work consists of portraits and intimate interior scenes where I use light and color to sincerely represent the people in my life and transform mundane environments into immersive spaces. I taught Figurative Painting and spoke at a lecture at Gage Academy in early 2023. I've also taught a painting workshop at DePauw University as their 2023 Artist in Residence. My work has been shown in the Forest For The Trees, Richard E. Peeler Art Center at DePauw University, Inscape Arts, Lilith Pole Studios, Inside Studios, and at a national juried art exhibition in the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I won Best of Show. I’m currently working on a series of paintings and drawings for my upcoming solo exhibition “Nested” at Geheim Gallery in Bellingham, WA.

Website: lilathomas.com
Instagram: @soylush

Artwork by Lila Thomas

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In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.

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