THOMAS, Raymond Gerald

1930 - 1998

Born at Camberwell, Surrey on 14 September 1930, son of Walter A. Thomas (13 October 1889-1960), a printer's assistant, and his wife Emily Florence née Causer (13 October 1898-1995), who married at Camberwell in 1921 and in 1939 were living at 143 Ewell Bypass, Ewell and Epsom, Surrey, together with Raymond and his sibling brother Walter William (20 November 1921-1996). Raymond studied at Epsom School of Art and at St Martin's College of Art and after spending his National Service infantry training in Suffolk, the landscape and light so impressed him that when he retired he moved there. He married at Hampstead, London in 1956, Gillian Emmett [Thomas q.v.]. An artist and a teacher and keen long distant walker, a series of watercolours of the 1980's stemming from walks in France was the core of his exhibition at Century Gallery, Henley-on-Thames in 1992. During the 1990's he taught graphics, media and film studies at Farnborough College before moving to Ipswich. A Friend at the Ipswich Art Society and exhibited from 107 Henslow Road, Ipswich in 1997 'Suffolk Church' and 'Suffolk Landscape' He also exhibited at the John Russell Gallery, Ipswich; the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions; Chelsea Art Club; New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham and at the Ipswich Art Society. He died at Ipswich in 1998.