The uniqueness of Thomas Ingmire's art work lies in its relationship to the traditions of calligraphy. In the world today, Thomas is one of the forerunners of the modern western calligraphy movement. He has taught calligraphy since 1978 and has conducted workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and several countries in Europe as well as in Japan and Hong Kong. Testimony to his talent as a craftsman was his election in 1977 to the English Society of Scribes and Illuminators. Thomas was the first American and first person outside of the United Kingdom to receive this honour.
His work has focused on the exploration of calligraphy as a fine arts medium and has evolved to a point where it is no longer calligraphy, but abstract calligraphic explorations which challenge concepts of visual language as an expressive medium. Work has been exhibited widely in the United States, and can be found in the San Francisco Public Library's Special Collections, The Newberry Library in Chicago, The Victoria Albert Museum in London, The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, as well as many other public and private collections throughout the world.
View an interview with illuminator Thomas Ingmire