Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery opens solo exhibition by painter Jena Thomas

The colorful, expressive landscapes of painter Jena Thomas will splash up the walls of the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery beginning this weekend.

“Shades of Man-Made Summer” opens with a public reception at the gallery, located at 96 Bedford St., Stamford, on Friday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Deriving from her experience living in vibrant, tropical Miami, Thomas uses saturated hues and heavily geometric shapes to form her landscapes.

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Thomas is interested in documenting the convergence between the natural and man-made world. In her recent collection, she paints a series of pools. Using a technique similar to Wayne Thiebaud — with clearly defined shadows, subtle brushstrokes, and a brilliant use of color — Thomas situates her narrative squarely in the pop fascination with man-made, ordinary objects.

Though still completing her MFA at the University of Miami, Thomas has earned many accolades for her work. She was recently selected amongst 750 applicants as the featured artist for New American Paintings’ No. 111 MFA Annual Issue. Thomas was also chosen as one of 10 finalists for Miami University’s 2014 William and Dorothy Yeck Award, and recently received the Ruth Katzman Scholarship from the Art Students League of New York.

Scott Gargan