Charlie Godet Thomas

Charlie Godet Thomas is a British-Bermudian artist whose work employs a wide range of approaches including writing, painting, sculpture, assemblage, photography, sound and video. His work is concerned with the connections between visual art and literature, the act of writing, the autobiographical, the tragic and the humorous.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Water Hollows Stone, 2020. Acrylic paint on wood, steel brackets, screws, steel cable. Double-sided. 209 x 125 x 7.5 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Water Murmurs, 2020. Acrylic paint on wood, steel brackets, screws, steel cable, LED lighting fixtures, electrical cable, mains plugs. Double- sided. 73 x 134 x 9 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Composed and Improvised Poem, 2020. Acrylic paint and pencil on paper, paper fragments and pins in glazed aluminium cabinet, wood. 130 x 100 x 9 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Composed and Improvised Poem (detail), 2020. Acrylic paint and pencil on paper, paper fragments and pins in glazed aluminium cabinet, wood. 130 x 100 x 9 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Takeaway (Altar Piece, Alter Piece), 2020. Wood, cast rubber, paper, acrylic paint, watercolour pencil, electrical fitting, bulb, paper offcuts, polystyrene. 29 x 64 x 15 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Rooftop Poem (Harvest), 2020. Wood, cut section of paper palette, glass, electrical light fitting, bulb, wooden dowels, plastic, screws, glue, acrylic paint. 139 x 21 x 19 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Marginalia (Cluttered Places), 2020. Wood, cast rubber, paint, Arches watercolour paper, paper offcuts. 32 x 37.5 x 2 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Old Highs New Lows, 2020. Gicleé print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. 22 x 26 cm. Edition 25 (+2 AP).
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Song of Concern (Unfinished Floating World), 2019. Acrylic on paper, wood, coloured pencil, pins, light fitting, cut plastic water bottle. 214.5 x 152.5 x 2.5 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Song of Concern (Ventriloquised Selves), 2019. Acrylic on paper, wood, coloured pencil, pins, light fitting, cut plastic water bottle. 214.5 x 152.5 x 2.5 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Song of Concern (Vague Ends), 2019. Acrylic on paper, wood, coloured pencil, pins, light fitting, cut plastic water bottle, leather steering wheel cover. 143 x 152.5 x 2.5  cm / 71.5 x 152.5 x 2.5 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Night Song, Morning Song, 2019. Acrylic and pencil on paper, cut painted paper fragment, wood, plastic, light fitting. 164 x 20 x 18 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, The Poet Preparing Traps, 2019. Acrylic on paper, cut painted card fragments, wood, commercial insect light. 69 x 180 x 18 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Old Older Cold Colder, 2019. Paint on Fabriano paper, map pins, corrugated bitumin, tape, fluorescent light fittings, fluorescent bulbs, cable flex, lighting gel, mains plugs. 340 x 220 x 5 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Lorem Ipsum, 2019. Mixed media*. 340 x 220 x 5 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Cash or Go, 2019. Paint on Fabriano paper, map pins, corrugated bitumin, tape, fluorescent light fittings, fluorescent bulbs, cable flex, lighting gel, mains plugs. 170 x 220 x 5 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Fool’s Gold, 2019. Neon, cable, transformer, mains plug. 50 x 90 x 4 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Fool’s Gold, 2019. Neon, cable, transformer, mains plug. 50 x 90 x 4 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Didi and Gogo, 2019. Motor, steel cable, cast concrete, threaded steel rods, nuts, washers, wood, paint, paper, ink.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Endpaper (Charybdis), 2019. Cast rubber, wood, pigment. 35 x 32 x 2 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, No Sign of Leaving, 2019. Wood, cast rubber, acrylic, ink, paper. 35 x 30 x 3 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Silent Film, 2019. Gicleé print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Framed. 48 x 36 cm. Edition of 30 (+ 3 AP).
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Sketch For a Broken Neon Sign (Fool's Gold), 2018. Gicleé print on Hahnemühle photo rag, pins. Framed. 48.2 x 36.5 cm. Edition of 30 (+3 AP’s).
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Charlie Godet Thomas, The Death of Li Bai, 2018. Tinted acrylic, glue, Bienfang tracing paper, foam core, photocopy, acrylic paint, card fragments, aerosol paint, Birch ply and Gicleé print on Hahnemüle Bamboo. 23 x 23.5 x 10 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, The Death of Li Bai, 2018. Tinted acrylic, glue, Bienfang tracing paper, foam core, photocopy, acrylic paint, card fragments, aerosol paint, Birch ply and Gicleé print on Hahnemüle Bamboo. 23 x 23.5 x 10 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, And So On And So On, 2018. Oasis ® floral foam cast in pigmented concrete. 207 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Songs of Experience, 2018. Paper, double sided acid free tape, acrylic paint, arches watercolour paper, acrylic, birch plywood. 244 x 160 x 12 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Songs of Experience (detail), 2018. Paper, double sided acid free tape, acrylic paint, arches watercolour paper, acrylic, birch plywood. 244 x 160 x 12 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Songs of Experience (detail), 2018. Paper, double sided acid free tape, acrylic paint, arches watercolour paper, acrylic, birch plywood. 244 x 160 x 12 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Song of Innocence, 2018. Paper, double sided acid free tape, acrylic paint, arches watercolour paper, acrylic, birch plywood. 80.5 x 11 x 35 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Song of Innocence, 2018. Paper, double sided acid free tape, acrylic paint, arches watercolour paper, acrylic, birch plywood. 80.5 x 11 x 35 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, The Clock at The Sailor's Arms, 2018. Electric motor, bookbinding tape, Paper, card, paint, glue, screws. 45 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Marginalia (Artificial Bones), 2018. Wood, acrylic paint, arches watercolour paper, aerosol paint, card and paper offcuts. 27 x 32 x 11 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Illuminated Manuscript (Helios), 2018. Acrylic on arches watercolour paper, pins, wood, acylic box frame. 54 x 36 x 11.7 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Illuminated Manuscript (Kodokushi), 2018. Acrylic on arches watercolour paper, pins, wood, acylic box frame. 36 x 26 x 11.5 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Illuminated Manuscript (Elegy for Joyce Vincent), 2018. Acrylic on arches watercolour paper, pins, wood, acylic box frame. 29 x 36 x 11.7 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Illuminated Manuscripts (4.10.2017), 2017. Acrylic on paper in acrylic box frame. 25 x 32.5 x 6 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Life Study, 2017. Single channel video on iphone, 00:00:04 (loop). Edition of 3 (+1 AP).
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Lines Written for and by No. 4, 2017. Digital photographic prints on Hahnemühle photo rag. 92 x 64 x 3.5 cm. Edition of 3 (+1 AP).
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Charlie Godet Thomas, A Sinatra Dinner Show, 2017. Single channel video, 2.1 speakers, collaged timber, speaker fabric. 00:02:02.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, A Sinatra Dinner Show, 2017. Single channel video, 2.1 speakers, collaged timber, speaker fabric. 00:02:02.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, OH / MOTHER, 2017. Cast concrete. Dimensions variable.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Speak not Loud or Long, 2017. Cast rubber, perimeter from a cropped photographic print, paint, wood, hanging bracket. 28 x 32 x 1 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Overleaf, 2017. Cast rubber, perimeter from a cropped photographic print, paint, wood, hanging bracket. 31 x 26 x 1 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, A Sudden Frost Disturbed, 2017. Cast rubber, perimeter from a cropped photographic print, paint, wood, hanging bracket. 27 x 32 x 1 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Endpaper (Delete and Close Up), 2016. Cast rubber, wood, pigment. 33 x 28 x 2 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Endpaper (A Hint Half Guessed), 2015. Cast rubber, wood, pigment. 29 x 23.5 x 2 cm.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, How to make a painting behave like a landscape, 2020. Installation view. Museo Jumex, Mexico City, MX.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, How to make a painting behave like a landscape, 2020. Installation view. Museo Jumex, Mexico City, MX.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, The Contents of a Long Unconsulted Pocket, 2020. Installation view. Material Vol.7, Mexico City, MX. Photographer: Sergio López.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, NON-STOP-SUPER-DE-LUX, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathon Bassett.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, NON-STOP-SUPER-DE-LUX, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathon Bassett.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Study (Partner Dance), 2019. Installation view. Frieze Sculpture 2019. Photographer: Steven White.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Study (Partner Dance), 2019. Installation view. Frieze Sculpture 2019. Photographer: Steven White.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, DIM LIT, 2019. Installation view. Assembly Point, London, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, DIM LIT, 2019. Installation view. Assembly Point, London, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, DIM LIT, 2019. Installation view. Assembly Point, London, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, To the Core, 2018. Installation view. White Crypt, London, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, And So On And So On, 2018. Installation view. POPPOSITIONS 2018. Photographer: Jeroen Verrecht.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, WHAT IS IT, THIS TIME?, 2018. Installation view. Lily Brooke, London, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Study, 2017. Installation view. SCULPTURE AT, Bermondsey Square. Photographer: Jonathan Basset.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Study, 2017. Installation view. SCULPTURE AT, Bermondsey Square. Photographer: Jonathan Basset.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Roman-fleuve, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Roman-fleuve, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Roman-fleuve, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Roman-fleuve, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Roman-fleuve, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Strandline, 2016. Installation view. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Strandline, 2016. Installation view. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Thicket No. 3, 2016. installation view. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Enjoy the Trade Winds, 2016. Installation view. Averard Hotel, London, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, To be is to do, To do is to be, Do be do be do, 2015. Installation view. Telfer Gallery, Glasgow, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Torschlusspanik, 2015. Installation View. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Torschlusspanik, 2015. Installation View. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, A Method for Writing / A Method for Making, 2014. Installation view. BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, A Method for Writing / A Method for Making, 2014. Installation view. BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, A Method for Writing / A Method for Making, 2014. Installation view. BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, In Comes the Good Air, Out Goes the Bad Air, In Comes the Good Air, 2015. Installation view. Cactus Gallery, Liverpool, UK. Photographer: Harry Meadley.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, In Comes the Good Air, Out Goes the Bad Air, In Comes the Good Air, 2015. Installation view. Cactus Gallery, Liverpool, UK. Photographer: Harry Meadley.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Study (Partner Dance), 2019
Video documentation of Charlie Godet Thomas' sculpture 'Cloud Study (Partner Dance)' at Frieze Sculpture 2019.
Charlie Godet Thomas, Enjoy the Trade Winds from the Comfort of an Air-Conditioned Bus (Thicket), 2016
Video Documentation of Charlie Godet Thomas' 'Enjoy the Trade Winds from the Comfort of an Air-conditioned Bus (Thicket)', 2016.

Charlie Godet Thomas' work is summoned from unlikely places such as bookbinding processes, street signage, funereal foam lettering and pharmaceutical packaging. His painted poetic works, which he refers to as Illuminated Manuscripts, bridge the stylistic qualities of newspaper cartoon strips merging them with a more Blakean approach to pairing writing and imagery. His approach combines historical and contemporary methodologies to form his own material counterpoint in which to interrogate the mediums he uses.

In his audio-visual works, Thomas sources and re-presents found texts, projecting the words into a space of contemplation and stillness for the listener away from the context in which they were originally written. In a deadpan voice, Thomas speaks the words in a continual loop, pointing us towards the inconsistencies and problems of language.

Charlie Godet Thomas (b.1985, London. British-Bermudian) currently lives and works in Mexico City, MX. He studied a BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) at Manchester School of Art (2009) and an MA in Fine Art (Sculpture) at the Royal College of Art, London (2014), where he was awarded the Bermuda Arts Council Scholarship and the Peter Leitner Scholarship.

Thomas has been exhibited internationally at galleries, institutions, biennials and fairs, including: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Bermuda Biennial, The Bermuda National Gallery, BM; Ladrón galería, Mexico City, MX; Carillon Gallery, Texas, US; VITRINE Basel, CH and London, UK; Assembly Point, London, UK; Nicoletti Contemporary, London, UK; Paradise Works, Manchester, UK; Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK; Cactus, Liverpool, UK; Home-Platform, Bristol, UK; Telfer Gallery, Glasgow, UK; RCA/ ECA Edinburgh Sculpture Court, Edinburgh, UK; Material Vol.7, Mexico City, MX; Frieze Sculpture 2019, London, UK; POPPOSITIONS, Brussels, BE; The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, UK.

Residencies include: Caribbean Linked IV at Ateliers ’89 in Oranjestad, Aruba (2016); Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, Texas, US (2017); and Atelier Mondial, Basel, CH (2017). He was commissioned for SCULPTURE AT Bermondsey Square, London in 2017.

Thomas is included in the 14th iteration of Bermuda Biennial 2020 at Bermuda National Gallery and a duo exhibition (with Wendy Cabrera Rubio) at Jumex Museum, Mexico City, MX (August - September 2020).

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