It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and tragic death of gallery artist Denyse Thomasos on July 19, 2012 at the age of 48 years. Denyse passed away in New York City yesterday morning after an adverse reaction to a dye injected for a routine MRI.
Over the past twenty-five years, Denyse Thomasos has become internationally known for her singular brand of abstract painting. She works with both handpainted gestural forms and digital imagery. Much of her formal constructions are based on her visual research of architectural structures gathered during her travels to Asia, Mali and Peru. Denyse Thomasos was born in Trinidad in 1964 and grew up in Toronto. She has lived and worked in the United Statessince completing her MFA at Yale University’s School of Art in 1989. She has shown both nationally and internationally and is represented by Lennon, Weinberg (New York), the Olga Korper Gallery (Toronto) and The Brand New Gallery (Milan). She has had a number of solo exhibitions and been reviewed in many of the major national and international art periodicals including ArtForum, Art in America, Canadian Art, Globe and Mail and New York Times. Denyse has been consistently recognized, winning over forty awards and artist residencies including a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award (1997), a PEW Fellowship (1995), Bellagio residency (2001), Yaddo Residency, Joan Mitchell Award (1998), and The New York Foundation for the Arts (2008) and a number of Canada Council project grants.Most recently she was named the first recipient of the McMillan/Stewart Award, recognizing unique and outstanding contributions made by women artists. In 2006 Denyse created a monumental 50-foot mural titledHybrid Nations as part of the Wallworks exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The AGO acquired a major work ‘Metropolis’ that was premiered at the opening of the newly renovated Frank Gehry building. Her most recent exhibition Kingdom Come was held at Oakville Galleries' Centennial Gallery in the fall of 2011.
Denyse Thomasos was a Professor of Painting at Rutgers University in Newark. She lived and worked in the East Village with her husband and daughter.
She will be greatly missed by all of us but never forgotten.
Olga Korper Gallery