Individual Exhibitions

2016  Capitals End, The Walls, Miami QLD,  30 July – 13 Aug 2016, Capitals End confronts the idea that art and money have changed. So much so that on a theoretical level they are on the verge of disappearing.

2012 A Party Disguised as Work or Work Disguised as a Party, Catalogue Copyright 2012. Boxcopy, Naomi Evans and artists. ISBN: 978-0-9872234-6-3, New work by David M. Thomas with Joseph Breikers and Stephen Russell Presented by Boxcopy, 7 – 28 July Opening Saturday 7 July 6pm, Artist talk 5:30 pm, Performance by ∑GG√EIN Saturday 28 July 7pm.

2012 First Name Basis: Present Day Art In Australia for G.H 1-26 May 2012 opening 6pm Tuesday 1 may Peloton Sydney, 15 min single channel high definition projected video work, with stereo sound, dimensions variable.

2011-12 Dream Job, Video and Painting Installation, 2 December 2011 – 24 March 2012 National Portrait Gallery of Australia

2011 Expanded Portraits, Artists Gamble with Time, 6-28 June 2011, Metro Arts. Part of the Free Range Festival. Included an exhibition of new collaborative and individual Works with Joseph Breikers and Suzanne Howard and performances on 27 and 28 of June, with Suzanne Howard and Archie Moore.

2010  Dream Job, 1 October – 14 November 2010 Griffith University Art Gallery, Queensland College of Art Opening/launch: Friday 8 October 2010 (opened by GUAG Director & curator of the project, SP Wright) 8 page concertina publication / essay ‘The David M Thomas Show’ Nicholas Chambers, Curator of International Art, Queensland Art Gallery / GOMA / ISBN 9781921760198

2008    Every Artist is an Institution, Metro Arts, QLD, 11-28 June 2008. This exhibition concerned how the mechanics of the comic can be use in art to address issues of figuration, the self, rebellion and institutional control. In which I presented two video works, 29 paintings and collages and sculpture. Included the publication of a catalogue, with essay by Clint Doyle.

2006    Blow Up the Inside World, University Art Museum, QLD 10 March – 30 April, Included Catalogue with Interview with Stephen Zagala (Lecturer in cross Cultural Research National University ACT) Reviewed in Art Monthly June 2006 #190, by Anna Zagala.

2006    New Day Painting, Sydney Non Objective, 5 – 28 May, Exhibited paintings and digital prints, as part of a group of solo shows at Sydney Non Objective Contemporary Art Space, supported by the Marrickville Council, other Artists included Dienna Georgetti, Paul Bai and William Gruner.

2004    The Darkness, Pestorius Sweeney House. Brisbane, 1 – 22 May, part of a series one-day individual exhibitions curated by David Pestorius, other artists included Anne Wallace, Miranda Williams and Grant Stevens.

2003    Worshiped as a God In Japan, Boutwell-Draper Gallery, Sydney, 23 July – 16 August, Exhibited nine self-portrait paintings and 11 digital prints.

2003    Dumb Bombs, The Farm Brisbane, 11 – 12 April, video and sound installation that utilized redundant technologies as an abstract self-portrait. Artist talk 12 April 2pm. Reviewed in Local art, interview with Grant Stevens, published by the Farm.

2002    Can’t Get Arrested, Boutwell-Draper Gallery Sydney, 29 January – 29 February, works produced in the VACB Greene street studio New York, accompanied by a colour exhibition catalogue, essay by Shane Haseman, Reviewed in Sydney Morning Herald.

2002    I Forgot to Remember to Forget, Front Room Gallery, 1 June – 22 June, Sydney. Works on paper.

1999    No Wave, Artspace Sydney, 8 – 30 January,. Installation gallery 1, resulting works produced as part of the Artspace Studio Residency program, with catalogue essays by Adam Cullen, and Stephen Zepke Lecturer in Art Theory Vienna Austria.

1997    Rock Show, Test Strip Gallery, Auckland NZ, 13 – 23 May. In conjunction with a Forum discussing Artist Run Spaces 7/5/1997.

1996    Insider, Pendulum Gallery Sydney, 7 – 11 February. 97 self-portrait paintings on various found supports.

1996    Untitled (Self Portrait Project), CBD Gallery Sydney. 2 – 8 February, Installation using painted works, artists monograph produced with 10 illustrations.

1996    Masters of Reality, 151 Regent Street Sydney. 16 October – 9 November, Paintings made on site, describing physical anomalies of the gallery space.

1995    Earthlikeplanet, CBD Gallery Sydney. 12 – 15 April, Exhibition of photographs of the city and suburban man made spaces.

1995    The Itchy and Scratchy Show, CBD Gallery Sydney. 14 – 18 June, Installation using fan heater, lamp and wooden high relief sculpture of the Hindu god Ganesh.

1995    Every Day I am a Day Older (Ricki Lake 20-24 July 1995) Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 20 – 24 July 1995, videoed performance, and installation using gallery 1+2.

1994  Every Day I am a Day Older, (In a Country Where Anybody Can Become President Anybody Just Did) Art + Text No.48 Artist Page supported by the National Association for the Visual Arts, Marketing assistants grants.

1993 Every Day I am a Day Older, CBD Gallery Sydney, 6 – 18 April, Installation of monochromatic paintings and movie posters, artist Monograph, including text and photographs by the artist. 

Group Exhibitions

2016, Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, NAS Gallery (Sydney), 14 March –  14 May, The 22 established artists selected this year include some of Australia’s most innovative names in contemporary art. Mikala Dwyer commented: “Together, these artists exhibit the diversity in approach and technique, revealing the broad spectrum of work and ideas being produced in Australia at present.” They include: Daniel Boyd, Pat Brassington, Sarah Goffman, Elizabeth Pulie and Koji Ryui.

2015 GOMA Q, 11 July -10 October, ‘GOMA Q’ is the first in a series that will profile the innovations and achievements of leading Queensland visual artists, The exhibition will profile more than 30 emerging, mid-career and senior artists working across the spectrum of themes and media and will reflect the dynamic character of Queensland art today.

2014 Everyday I am day older, Griffith University Art Gallery,(Brisbane)16 February – 30 March 2013, from the Griffith University Art Collection (GUAC), the exhibition Everyday I am a day older takes its title from a series of self-portraits by artist David M Thomas (AUS). The exhibition included historical works held in the GUAC, through to contemporary portraiture by Juan Davila (Chile/AUS), Tracey Moffatt (AUS/USA), Mike Parr (AUS), Vernon Ah Kee (AUS), Robert McPherson (AUS) and Dale Frank (AUS), among others, with selected loans.

2014 Seen + Heard: Works and Multiples from the Collection, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) 15 March – 3 August 2014. The exhibition, ‘Seen + Heard: Works and Multiples from the Collection’ draws on major artworks, installations and multiples (numbered editions) from the Gallery’s Collection, which address crossovers between popular culture, music, sound and visual art.

2013    Remix. Post. Connect.The University of Queensland Art Museum, 19 October 2013 – 16 February 2014 National artists Self-Portrait Prize 2013 Curator: Samantha Littley, Curator, UQ Art MuseumJudge: Blair French, Assistant Director, Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia 

2012    Like, Casula Power House, Sydney, 20 July – 28 August 2012 Tony Albert, James and Eleanor Avery, Penny Byrne, Will French, Tony Garifalakis, Shaun Gladwell, Jason Greig, Soda_Jerk, Jess Johnson, Laith McGregor, Amanda Marburg, Wade Marynowsky, eX de Medici, Kate Rohde, Darren Sylvester, Judy Millar David M Thomas, Destiny Deacon and Annastasia Klos.

2012    Mostly Agree, Stills Gallery Sydney, 20 June – 21 July Lachlan Anthony, Penelope Cain, Carla Cescon & Martyn Ives Jackie Middleton & David Lawrey, Louise Porter, Emma White.

2011    After Glow, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria, 28 January – 3 April 2011, Performance Art and Photography.

Gordon Bennett, Juan Davila, Cherine Fahd, Bert Flugelman, Hayden Fowler, Tim Johnson, Ash Keating, Ben Morieson, Jill Orr, Mike Parr, Robert Rooney, Linda Sproul, Slave Pianos, Stelarc, Peter Tyndall, Justene Williams.

2010  Queensland Art, Pestorius Sweeney House, Brisbane., Queensland Art: Art From Queensland, Pestorius Sweeney House, Brisbane.

2009    Temperature 2, Museum of Brisbane, New Queensland Art, Catalogue of the exhibition held 6 February – 9 June, 2009.

2009    I Have Not Been Myself Lately, Queensland College of Art Gallery, a Survey of works from the QCA Gallery Collection that deal with subjectivity and self-portraiture.

2009    Comedy OK Video Art Festival, Organised by the Video Art Collective Ruangrupa Jakarta, Jakarta Indonesia

2007    Eye to I, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery Victoria, 11 August – 28 October, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery Victoria, a survey of 43 Australian artist dealing with the self. Catalogue with essays by Geoff Wallis lecturer in Art History, Ballarat University, published

2007    Yeah But No But, Sydney Non-Objective Contemporary Art Projects, 9 February – 3 March, With Sophie Coombs, Elizabeth Pulie and Tony Schwensen. Exhibition catalogue including an interview with Elizabeth Pulie and David M. Thomas includes colour reproductions of artist’s works.

2006    Personal Other World, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 18 August – 30 September, with Clint Doyle (ACT), Helga Groves (Vic), Lucy O’ Dea (W A), Elizabeth Pulie (NSW), and Sandra Selig (QLD), Colour catalogue with photographs and illustrations by the artists, including text by David M. Thomas and Interviews with the artists.

2005    Dead Famous, Raw – Tempel e.V. Berlin, 4 – 30 November, with Camilla Cassidy, Simon Devir, Gemma Smith and Anna Peters, supported by the Australian embassy Berlin and the Australia Council.

2005    I’m Travelin’ light’… No, no you don’t travel light’, Spacement Melbourne, 1 – 17 December, 16 artists from New York Berlin, Mexico, Australia, curated by Deborah Ostrow, colour catalogue essay by Bala Starr.

2005    Century of Wild Beasts, MOP Projects Sydney, 23 June – 10 July 2005, curated by Ian Gerarghty, supported by the NSW Ministry for the Arts.

2004    Post Contemporary Painting (PCP), Institute Of Modern Art, Brisbane 4 June- 3 July, 12 artists from Victoria, NSW, Qld and the Netherlands, 41-page colour catalogue with essays by David M. Thomas and Stephen Zagala. Supported by Arts Queensland and the Mondrian Foundation. Reviewed in Local Art #12

2004    Unpop, The Farm, Brisbane, 16 – 8 May, with Jay Balbi, Sophie Coombs, Helen Nicholson and Elizabeth Pulie, with limited edition artist monograph. Reviewed in Local Art #12.

2002    The Redlands Westpac Art Price (Finalist), Mosman Art Gallery, 18 October – 3 November, curated by Felicity Fenner, catalogue essays Christopher Daunt-Watney and Felicity Fenner.

2001    Sun Burn, Kampnagel K3 Hamburg, Kampnagel K3 Hamburg, 22 February – 20 March 2001, curated by Anita Fricek, website with colour reproduction and essays by Anita Fricek, Simon Barney and Stephen Zepke.

2001    Art Music – Rock, Techno & Pop, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 21 March – 24 June, curated by Sue Cramer, catalogue and essays by Sue Cramer.

2000    Group Show, Gallery T19, Vienna, T19 Gallery, Vienna. 12 March – 23 February,

2000 Sydney/Vienna, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna, 25 February – 17 March, 33 artists from Sydney in Vienna, curated by Anita Fricek, website and essays by Stephen Zepke and Anita Fricek.

1999 Smoke, Sherman Gallery Sydney, Soap Box Brisbane, March – February, , curated by Jane Gallagher, essay and catalogue Jane Gallagher

1999 Helen Lempere Traveling Art Scholarship (Finalist), Artspace, Sydney April – May

1999 Stax, June, CBD Gallery, with Kyle Ashpole, part of Dogging the CBD, Sydney City various public sites, with catalogue essays by David M. Thomas, Melissa Chui and Nicholas Tsoutas.

1997 Fibro, Casula Power House Sydney, 20 August – 14 September a Component of Perspecta 97. Reviewed by Eric Riddler, Art Monthly, November 1997.

1997 Untitled, First Floor Melbourne, 15 January – 9 February with Sophie Coombs, Phillip Julian, Robert Pulie. Reviewed by Tim Snowden, Art and Text # 57.

1996 Comfortable chest, CBD Gallery, December collaborative self-portrait photographs with Eve Sullivan.

1995 Group Show, Selenium Sydney, 14-25 September With Kyle Ashpole, Sophie Coombs, Lyndal Jefferies, Robert Pulie, Regina Walter.

1995 Untitled Installation Project, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 7 June -16 July, 4 artist, 4 installations, and one group exhibition, Catalogue with essays by Dr Tony Schwensen and Dr David M. Thomas.


2014    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Griffith University (QCA)

My research reveals humour has a direct effect on alienated states of self. Central to my research how humour engages with the (non) objective qualities of self. Through cross-disciplinary visual, theoretical and art-historical research, I address the question; how does humour, in art critique and dissolve self-conscious alienation? My research also addresses the way we modify and construct selves in order to deal with public and private spaces, such as art museums and art studios. Therefor my project has developed through studio research and public exhibition. These exhibitions and events I called Expanded Portraits occurred in conversation with case studies of key works by German artist Martin Kippenberger. In line with the ideas above, the critical study of his inter-subjective self-portraits and installations, allowed me to better understand the role of humour and self for my work and his. Significant outcomes were the inclusion of works in high profile project exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Monash Gallery, Queensland College of Art Gallery, The Museum of Brisbane and The University of Queensland Art Museum.

2002    Master of Visual Arts, Sydney University, (SCA)

Research thesis, Cracking the Code, (record collecting, collage, and electronic folk music); focused on the activities of collecting records, collage and electronic music. Works by Jan Gris, Georges Braque, Martin Kippenberger and Dr Dre were researched. Regarding the (re) use and redirection of cultural material; I discussed collage’s conceptual integration into literature, folk music and visual art-forms.

1993    Master of Arts Administration, University of NSW

Research thesis completed, The Re-discovery of Recent Histories, a detailed study of artist initiated art exhibition projects in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Including a detailed study of Q-Space, N-Space, Various Artists Ltd, Inhibodress and Arts Projects. This included an internship at Artspace Sydney, resulting later in employment at Artspace as an Administrator. It also resulted in establishing CBD Gallery Sydney, an artist project that ran a successful program of exhibitions, performances and screenings from 1993 – 2000 and exhibited artist from seven countries, and most of the states of Australia and New Zealand.

1990   Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts, (SCA) Sydney University

Research paper completed 8,000 words that mapped the relationship between photography as social and cultural phenomenon and it’s effects on contemporary painting practices in America and Australia. Supervisors Julie Brown-Rapp.

1989    Bachelor of Visual Arts, (SCA) Sydney University

Studied Painting, ceramics and sculpture and focused on the relationship between photography and painting in recent Australian and American art, assisted John Young in the production of several commercial and museum exhibitions.

Published Articles

Thomas, David M. “Zones of Subjective Projection: The Artist’s Studio and the Museum “. Journal of Studio Research o, no. 1 (2012 2011).

———. “Towards a Theory of Everything.” edited by Boxcopy. Brisbane: Boxcopy, 2011.

———. “What Is Your Dream Job?”. Portrait: Magazine of Australian and International Portraiture 42, no. February – May 2012 (2012).

———. “A Party Disguised as Work or Work Disguised as a Party.” edited by Boxcopy. Brisbane: Boxcopy, 2012.

Thomas, Elizabeth Pulie & David M. “Yeah but No But.” In #24, edited by SNO. Sydeny: David M. Thomas, 2007.


Artists, David M. Thomas and P.O.W. “After the War.” In Personal Other World, edited by Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Canberra: CCAS, 2006.

Brand, Sally. “Interview with David M. Thomas.” Local Art, 2004.

Chambers, Nicholas. “The David M. Thomas Show.” In Dream Job, edited by Queensland Colleg of the Arts Gallery. Brisbane: Queensland College of the Arts Gallery, 2010.

Chui, Melissa. “Untitled Installation Project Level 2 AGNSW.” World Art 13 (1997).

Cullen, Adam. “From Birth of an Idiot or Where I Would Have Got If I Had Been Stupid.” edited by Artspace. Sydeny: Artspace, 1999.

Curnow, Ben. “August.” Art + Text 47 (1994).

Doyle, Clint. “Comeuppance (a Biography).” In Every Artist is an Institution, edited by Metro Arts. Brisbane: Metro Arts, 2008.

Evans, Naomi. Mise-En-Abîme, or, a Story within a Story. A Party Disguised as Work, or Work Disguised as a Party. Brisbane: Boxcopy, 2012.

Haseman, Shane. “Basement Tapes.” In Can’t Get Arrested, edited by Boutwell-Draper Gallery. Sydney: David M. Thomas, 2002.

Hielscher, Claire. “David M Thomas’ Party Disguised as Work or Work Disguised as a Party.” un Magazine 6.2 (2013): 144-45.

Leonard, Douglas. “The Unexpected & the Unexplored.” Real Time 104 (August 2011 2011).

Loxley, Anne. “A Look through the Layers of Arresting Works.” Sydney Morning Herald, 2002.

———. “Dream Job at the National Portrait Gallery.” Art & Australia 49, no. Winter No.4 (2012).

Morrell, Timothy. “Queenmsland the Unreal Australia.” In Temprature 2, edited by Meseum of Brisbane, 10-17. Brisabne: Meseum of Brisbane, 2009.

Pulie, Elizabeth. “Front Room “, edited by Front Room. Sydeny: Front Room, 2004.

Riddler, Eric. “Economy, Durability, Permanence.” Art Monthly, 1997.

Rollman, Louise. “David M. Thomas: Dream Job.” Eyeline: Contemporary Visual Arts 74 (2011).

Snowden, Tim. “Cbd Gallery at First Floor.” Art +Text 57 (1997).

Stevens, Grant. “Interview with David M. Thomas.” Local Art, 2003.

———. “David M. Thomas, a Party Disguised as Work or Work Disguised as a Party Boxcopy, Brisbane, 7 – 28 July, 2012.” Eyeline: Contemporary Visual Arts, no. 77 (2012).

Thomas, David. “Dream Job.” Art Forum, no. 26.7 cm x 26.7cm (2010 2010): Artist Page.

Thomas, David M. “One in Five, Five in One (Dream Job).” High definition video, dimesions variable. Wynnum: David M. Thomas, 2010.

Thomas, Elizabeth Pulie & David M. “Yeah but No But.” In #24, edited by SNO. Sydeny: David M. Thomas, 2007.

Wallis, Geoff. “Eye to “I” – the Self in Recent Art.” In Eye to “I” – The Self in Recent Art, edited by Ballarat Regional Gallery. Ballarat: Ballarat Regional Gallery and the Author, 2007.

Young, John. “Monolith Post Monolith.” edited by EMR Gallery. Sydney: The Artists, 1988.

Zagala, Anna. “Blow up the inside World David M. Thomas in Brisbane.” Art Monthly, June 2006.

Zagala, Stephen. “David M. Thomas Interview with Stephen Zagala.” In Blow Up the Unside World, edited by Queensland University Art Museum. Brisbane: David M. Thomas, 2006.

Zepke, Stephen. “Post Modern Mysticism, David M. Thomas and ‘No Wave’ “, edited by Artspace. Sydney: Artspace, 1999.


2014   ∑GG√EIN, MCA Art Bar, Sydney

  1. Ross Manning, opening of Peter Alwast Solo exhibition, Boxcopy Brisbane.

Weekend Immendorff, Colour and Music, Drill Hall Gallery, ACT.

∑GG√EIN, 4zzz Happyfest, Brisbane

∑GG√EIN, Real Bad Music Brisbane

Weekend Immendorff, Real Bad Music Brisbane

Solo, An Authentic Guide to Happiness, Level Brisbane

∑GG√EIN, Australia Day, The Underdog, Brisbane

2013    ∑GG√EIN, 4zzz benefit Greenslopes Bowling Club, Brisbane

∑GG√EIN, Audio Pollen, Brisbane

∑GG√EIN, Sunday Rocknroll BBQ, Brisbane

∑GG√EIN, The Walls, Gold Coast
2012    ∑GG√EIN, Peloton Sydney
∑GG√EIN, Boxcopy, Brisbane
SOLO Electronic music performance Dream Job, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2011    ∑GG√EIN, Sue Brenner Theatre, Brisbane

∑GG√EIN, Sue Brenner Theatre, Brisbane

∑GG√EIN, Metro Arts, Brisbane
2008   Kroneberg Vs Cronenberg, Metro Arts, Brisbane
2006   Farm closing party, The Farm, Brisbane
2005   Ovine Yonie, Scott Donavan Gallery/Mori Gallery Sydney
2002   Super Group, Rosebuds Sydney
Ovine Yonie, Club Mermee, Vienna
2001   Ovine Yonie, K3 Contemporary Art Centre, Hamburg
Super Group, Briefcase, Hollywood Hotel, Sydney
2000    Ovine Yonie, Project 11, Sydney
1999    Ovine Yonie, Darren Knight Gallery, Iron Duke Hotel, Sydney
Ovine Yonie, Artspace Sydney
1998    E, for Marco Fusinato, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1997    Uncle Fester, Jeff Lowe, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Curated Exhibitions
2006   Personal Other World (POW) Canberra Contemporary Art Space
2006   Blow up the Inside World, University of Queensland QLd
2004   Post Contemporary Painting (PCP), Institute Of Modern Art, Brisbane
2004   Unpop, The Farm, Brisbane
1996   Untitled Installation Project, Level 2, Art gallery of NSW
1995   Techno, Tamworth City Gallery
1994   August, CBD Gallery Sydney
1992   Comments on the society of the Spectacle, W.I.N.D.O.W gallery Sydney

Artist Projects /Exhibition Spaces
2012 -13       Fingers for Brisbane Fingers for Queensland, Brisbane
2000-2002     Project 11, Sydney City
1993-2000     CBD Gallery, Sydney City
1990-1992     Gallery 228, Sydney Balmain

Published Material & No Tone Recordings and DVD’s
2013  The White Albumen, ∑GG√EIN 30min Vinyl 10’ EP
2011   To Never Feel Alive Again, ∑GG√EIN, 10 min Audio Cassette
2009   The Less Said the Better, 5 min pal DVD
Manz, 31 min audio CD, No Tone Recordings
2008   I am Quite Sure I do not Understand the Question, 5 min, pal DVD
Take the Stage, 15 min, pal DVD
2007   Electrophenia, 55 min audio CD, Notone Recordings
2006   Stop What You Are Doing Now, 54.30 min CD, Notone Recordings.
Blow Up The Inside World, Exhibition Catalogue, with artist interview conducted by Stephen Zagala.
2005   Sunday Death Sentence, with Stephen Parrino, Notone Recordings.
The Best of Ovine Yonie Volume 1, Notone Recordings.
Ovine Yonie Live, DVD 20 min Pal, video Simon Cavanough videography Tony Schwensen. Notone Recordings.
2004   PCP, Institute Of Modern Art, David M. Thomas and PCP artists, 2004.
2003   Secret Communicator, 70 min Compact Audio Disc, Notone Recordings.
2002   Toba, CD, 45 min Compact Audio Disc, Notone Recordings.
Super Group, Uberponce, 46min Audio Disc Notone Recordings.
Can’t Get Arrested, Artist Monograph, David M. Thomas.
2001   Untitled Drawing Book, monograph, David M. Thomas.
Untitled, P H C, No Tone Recordings.
2000   Ovine Yonie Live, Compact Disc No Tone Records
1998   Untitled 12’’ Long Playing Record, No Tone Records
Record Collecting, Map, Published by Sphere Press
1997   Dogging the CBD, Artspace Sydney
Techno Tamworth, Catalogue Tamworth City Gallery
Milkstar 7 inch single with J Dashper and J Nixon, Circle Records
Untitled 7 inch single, Circle Records

Monash Gallery Art Collection, Queensland College of Art Museum Collection, Private Collections in Australia and Europe