Zener Schon Gallery

YANNICK HAMON and AARON R THOMAS Portland/Laguna Beach

Meeting a mutually talented creative with complementary perfectionistic tendencies is a rare occurrence for designer and master craftsman Aaron Thomas, “People come to me wanting to collaborate, but as our conversation evolves I realize they just have an idea and want me to do all the work,” Thomas explains with a chuckle. Until three-months ago a game changer showed up on Thomas’ radar, or front door to be exact—French-expat and Pop artist, Yannick Hamon, discovered Thomas in 2010 while searching ‘modern acrylic furniture’ online and was immediately “floored by his creativity, vision and quality,” says Hamon.
In the world of modern acrylic furniture Thomas has paved a reputation as the pioneer of Lucite—his innovative designs and mastery in manipulating the clear medium has kept a lack of competition in the interior design industry. Trained as an architect and albeit being accustom to fine furniture making, Thomas’ creative process exemplifies a true fine artist—one mixed media chair sets the stage for his performance in engineering, carving, forming and graffiti art. Hamon’s no stranger to crafting a multidisciplinary technique, either—the Scriptorium de Toulouse graduate injects his graphic design and classical calligraphy training on canvas, creating modern paintings with hand-cut stencils, spray paint, gel resin and acrylic. The Photoshop-mimicking compositions render billboard-sized magazine-esque collages—think sexy models superimposed over bold text and sensuous lips. Hamon’s shock-factor is that his photorealistic paintings are created entirely by hand-cut stencils—negative space takes form and layers create depth. “I thought he was just ripping apart magazines and spray painting over them,” Thomas foolishly reminisces. “Then he pulled out a stencil and I was like, ‘Oh sh*t, you’ve got talent!’” That marked the point of departure for their collaboration of hand painted deconstructed Louis chairs.
 
Thomas’ iconic clear acrylic Louis chair (featuring a silkscreen ‘ ghost’ of a traditional French Louis chair) posed the ideal canvas to synthesize the American and French artist’s respective disciplines. On the chair’s upholstery a dot matrix stencil of 12,240 razor-cut squares reveals a cross stitch embroidery-like portrait of model-of-the-moment, Cara Delevingne. Another version features Agness Deyn rendered from eight-layers of stencils on the back of the chair with a decidedly street art vibe; graffiti splashed across the background.
Thomas’ slogan, “Perfection = The perfectly imperfect,” sums up the duo’s parallel in executing meticulous finesse to render seemingly simple results. Hamon’s hand-cut stencils channeling computer generated graphics and Thomas’ minimalistic furniture being the closest thing to machined manufacturing in a material that bears no place to hide mistakes. “But, it’s still handmade—every piece is unique and that’s the beauty of what we do,” Thomas says of the pair’s unified reverence for artisanal excellence.

Aaron R. Thomas is an acclaimed American designer, architect, artist, scientist, inventor and engineer known for his vast fine art repertoire. The son of a master acrylic craftsman, Aaron grew up pulling scraps of plastic out of the workshop’s trash to build his own masterpieces, which he started selling at 9-years-old. Twelve years later he joined the family business, which he transformed into a multi-million-dollar art and design company servicing the likes of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, Mercedes-Benz, Neiman Marcus, and boutique hotels such as SLS, Hollywood Roosevelt, Thompson and Viceroy.

Honoring a mutual respect for impeccable quality and refined excellence his fine art acrylic furniture and masterpieces are in high demand by art collectors, A-list celebrities and luxury brands worldwide. Aaron’s loyal adherence to excellence attracts global tastemakers and purveyors of fine art collections who share a level of taste that is recognized worldwide.

 

 

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    “Cara Delevingne” (front view)

    Height 34", Width 21 1/2" x Dimension 17 1/2” 1/2" Lucite Acrylic Chair with Original Painting and Stenciling, 1/1, 2014SOLD

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    “Cara Delevingne” (back view)

    Height 34", Width 21 1/2" x Dimension 17 1/2” 1/2" Lucite Acrylic Chair with Original Painting and Stenciling, 1/1, 2014SOLD

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    “Agyness Deyn” (front view)

    Height 34", Width 24 1/2" x Dimension 17 1/2” 1/2" Lucite Acrylic Chair with Original Painting and Stenciling, 1/1, 2014

  • chairsmedres

    “Agyness Deyn” (back view)

    Height 34", Width 24 1/2" x Dimension 17 1/2” 1/2" Lucite Acrylic Chair with Original Painting and Stenciling, 1/1, 2014