Early Alma Thomas and Downing, Mehring, Reed

Early Alma Thomas and Downing, Mehring, Reed

At Hemphill Fine Arts, a Survey of Washington Color School's Lesser-Known Stars

February 17, 2017

Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper

"It's a Washington Color School resurgence with new exhibitions featuring the work of Thomas Downing, Howard Mehring, Paul Reed, and Alma Thomas."

Early Alma Thomas, and Downing, Mehring, Reed

Early Alma Thomas, and Downing, Mehring, Reed

Enter a universe of dappled color in Howard Mehring show at AU museum

February 9, 2017

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"The Washington Color School is still much discussed in the D.C. art world — some might say too much so — and the artists are enjoying a posthumous commercial boom at galleries here and elsewhere."

Alma Thomas: Thirteen Studies for Paintings

Alma Thomas: Thirteen Studies for Paintings

Alma Thomas is Given Pride of Place at the White House

April 17, 2015

Victoria L. Valentine, Culture Type

"The instantly recognizable work of Alma W. Thomas (1891-1978) graces the Old Family Dining Room at the White House." 

Alma Thomas: Thirteen Studies for Paintings

Alma Thomas: Thirteen Studies for Paintings

Piece of Work: Alma Thomas' "Untitled" at Hemphill Fine Arts

October 30, 2014

John Anderson, The Washington Post

"From a distance, the work appears to be nothing more than a sequence of paint splotches, varied in hue, in only a couple of discrete widths, arranged into haphazard columns across the paper: It’s Gene Davis meets Clyfford Still distilled into overgrown patches of color, like Seurat stipples on an American (read: McDonalds) diet."

Selections from the Dolly Langdon and Aldus H. Chapin Collection

Selections from the Dolly Langdon and Aldus H. Chapin Collection

In the Galleries: A Washington Color School reunion

July 12, 2014

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Made between 1958 and 1986, these 19 works constitute an impressive sampler of Washington color painting, although they include one by an artist who never lived in the District, Karl Stanley Benjamin, and one by a representational artist, Michael Clark (whose 'Lincoln Memorial' features bars of luminous color)."

Viewing Rm.

Viewing Rm.

"Viewing Rm." at Hemphill Fine Arts

February 4, 2011

Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper

"The exhibit is variegated, but like any good combine painting (and those are included too) it coheres pretty well despite itself, as giants like Robert Rauschenberg mix with such local figures as Joseph Mills, Mingering Mike and Colby Caldwell."

Viewing Rm.

Viewing Rm.

Familiar favorites: Once more, with feeling

January 28, 2011

Jessica Dawson, The Washington Post

"Here hang big, striking works by Tom Downing and Jacob Kainen. Here, too, are precious works on paper by Al Jensen and Alma Thomas. That Eugene Atget picture of the taxidermist's vitrine? I'll take it."