Thomas Schoos, Artist

Thomas Schoos at work in his studio Thomas Schoos' career in the arts began in his native Germany where he studied fine art at Hauptschule Hacken Broich Dormagen and graduated from Berufskolleg as a member of the Dombauhutte (a prestigious university-level stone masonry program) where he apprenticed for three years at the Cologne Cathedral, one of the largest and most significant in Europe. This experience built a skill set based in the long tradition of European art and design.  Schoos then moved into the world of commercial art, designing and painting scenery for fashion displays and exhibits.  When his work started selling faster than the Yves Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana haute couture displayed in front of it, Schoos decided to focus more on his career as an independent artist.  Soon, he was selling pieces to major collectors and even royalty, including Prince Karl von Furstenberg (brother of Diane von Furstenberg) and Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis.

Over the years, Schoos' style has evolved from his earlier realism and Euro-centric subject matter into more abstraction and experimentation with textures and media. His inspiration frequently comes from his extensive travels and interest in diverse world cultures, such as in his homages to African tribal art or Asian cultures.  His work as an interior designer also impacts his work as the particular needs and demands of a physical space will suggest both subject matter and a textural treatment.  For instance, Schoos has taken an interest in large format works that take on an almost architectural aspect due to their size and scale, such as a series of paintings for a space in Mexico City that extend as far as 45 feet.  In these works, painting, sculpture and design merge as a painting becomes part of the architectural structure, drawing all parts of the space together into a visual unity.  And yet, Schoos is also adaptable enough to bring a sense of humor to his work when appropriate, as in the bold, even provocative treatments of animals being converted to food.

Schoos' most recent series of paintings, Trade, features large-scale portraits of animals that are part of an effort to bring attention to the plight of endangered species.  The first of these, Equilibrium, was created for a travelling exhibit designed to heighten awareness of the killing of sharks.  The painting superimposes an image of a shark over a similarly-shaped fishing boat to suggest that these two entities must coexist. Inspired by the results, Thomas decided to continue the theme with large paintings of a rhino, ostrich, walrus, vulture and snake. All are executed with a note of irony, calling attention to the features of each creature that cause it to be valued by poachers and consumers.

Schoos has sold thousands of pieces of art around the world.  Recent works have been purchased by one of the largest collectors in China and are currently on exhibit at Parkview Green as well as the Hotel Eclat.  Schoos continues to explore the relationships between form, texture and environment in all of his works, applying a unique and vibrant vision to his experience of the world.