Jamison - Thomas

After graduating from Reed College, Jeffrey was awarded a Watson Fellowship to travel across Europe to South India. Eventually settling back in Portland after these world travels, he took a job with William Jamison’s Folkcraft Gallery which showcased the work of artists from around the world, and was a natural fit for Jeffrey’s stories of far-flung places and building enduring ftiendships.   In 1985, Thomas became a full partner and the Jamion/Thomas Gallery was born.

As the gallery’s focus shifted from folk art to contemporary art with an “outsider” edge, the two owners saw the need for expansion beyond Portland.  In 1986, Jamison/Thomas New York opened its doors in a tiny storefront on the West Village’s Thompson Street. In 1988 the Jamison/Thomas gallery moved into a former brassiere factory in Soho, eventually curating and installing over 40 solo and group exhibitions to critical acclaim in Artforum. Artnews and Art in America.

 

William Jamison & Jeffrey Thomas / NYC 1985

Jamison Thomas Gallery
NYC 1991