Felandus Thames is a conceptual artist living and practicing in the greater New York area. Born in Mississippi, Thames attended the graduate program in Painting and Printmaking at the Yale University where he received his MFA in 2010. He has been included in exhibitions at the Kravets Wehby Gallery, Galerie Myrtis, Tilton Gallery, Crystal Bridges Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, USF Contemporary Art Museum, International Center for Printmaking New York, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Mississippi Museum of Art, Yale University, MoCA Westport, Philadelphia African American Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Miami Basel.
Thames serves as Visiting Critic to Rhode Island School of Design’s MFA in Printmaking program. Media appearances are numerous and periodicals include the New York Times, Financial Times, ArtForum, Frieze Magazine, Essence, Politico Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Art in America. Thames’ work can be found in myriad of prominent international collections and is featured in the 2022 Venice Biennale.
I am interested in creating vessels able to contain beauty and trauma at an equilibrium. Work that functions in the way that Black music is endowed by, but not the sum of, Black joy, pain, and suffering. I am invested in the residue of memory decoupled from nostalgia or narrative. Material choices, never superficial, become central actors in my practice and often function as surrogates to contested histories and lived experiences of those who consume them. Materials are the repository of history and memory in my practice.