Jim Thomas, Artist
Jim Thomas
(as seldom seen - in a suit)

  • Texas Society of Sculptors
  • Guild of Austin Architectural Artisans
  • Austin Diocese Fine Arts Council
  • Texas Society of Architects
 
 

 

Bronze Longhorn sculpture life sizeThomas Studio & Foundry specializes in designing, sculpting, casting, and fabricating fine public and private art including architectural art, liturgical art, fabrications, and casting bronze sculpture for other artists.

Since 1968, Jim Thomas has worked as art bronze fondeur and sculptor.  Thomas has a small foundry and fabrication shop with skilled artisans. Larger casting and sculpture projects include the 5-story "Tree of Life" sculpted brick park in Cleveland, Ohio; the full scale cast bronze Chisholm Trail Commemorative park in Round Rock, Texas; and the three-figure 12' cast bronze Vietnam Memorial by Tony Pham for a park in Bellaire - Houston, Texas. and six full scale cast bronze longhorn sculptures in Houston, Ft. Worth, El Paso, San Antonio, Abilene and Round Rock.

Recent large cast bronze sculptures include the Doc Peters Memorial at the Round Rock City Hall Plaza, the Coach Jim Mallon Memorial at the Southwest University baseball stadium in Georgetown, Texas (sculpted and cast by son James Shelby Thomas assisted by Bryan Vincent. Additional new large bronzes and architectural art include a scale and fourth Axis buck and doe for the entrance to the Mullen Ranch guest house at Mountain Home, Texas; the Jim Mallon Memorial at the Southwestern University baseball stadium in Georgetown, Texas; a half-scale Mountain Lion for the entry foyer at the new Cy-Fair Elementary School in Houstin, Texas;and a custom steel and Ipe (Brazilian Walnut) entry and door for a Westlake, Texas residence.  Recent large cast bronzes by other artists (see Foundry) include the six enlarged cast bronze Texas A&M Class Rings on display at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. 

Jim Thomas is a nationally published artist with numerous professional art association memberships, including Texas Society of Sculptors,Guild of Austin Architectural Artisans, Diocese of Austin.  Among the many awards won, Thomas is a three-time "Gold Medalist" of the Texas Cowboy Artist Association.┬áCollege training in earth sciences, chemistry, and metallurgy, combined with more than 43 years professional team experience with architects, engineers, government and private public art administrators are a foundation for his years of professional sculpting, art foundry, and metal fabrications experience.

Click images below for details on each of the 4 pieces shown
Bloch Plaza      Vietnam War Memorial Sculpture      A&M Class ring plaque      Tree of Life

Right:  A pair of one and one-fourth scale custom cast bronze Axis Deer were commissioned for the entrance to the guest house at the
Mullon Ranch at Mountain Home, Texas by Tim, Christa and Kyle Mullen.
Bronze Axis deer sculpture
Below: The rough clay pattern of the Axis doe and then
the finished clay pattern of the doe before the rubber mold process.
        The rough clay pattern of the Axis doe            The finished clay pattern of the doe before the rubber mold process

Below: James Shelby Thomas finishing the Axis buck clay pattern before the rubber mold process  

James Shelby Thomas finishing the Axis buck clay pattern before the rubber mold process

Below:  Axis doe and buck being polished in the Jonestown studio

Axis doe and buck being polished in the Jonestown studio

Below:  Installing the bronze castings of the Axis buck and doe at the Mullen ranch guest house

 Installing the bronze castings of the Axis buck and doe at the Mullen ranch guest house

 Below:  Close-up details of the finished Axis
  buck showing patinated skin spots.

Clseup details of the finished Axis buck showing patinated skin spots

Custom Ipe doors
Trial installation of the Ipe (Brazilian Walnut) wood entry door at the studio with the installation steel surround with the Ipe jambs and header to insure that everything fits before installation at the job site. Custom remodel by Ada Corral of Lineaarch Architects for Westlake, Austin, Texas home.

Ipe doors in progress

Westlake Ipe entry door with tongue and groove seams and reveals for solid glass light inserts.

Below:  James Shelby Thomas working the clay mold pattern for the Cy-Fair Bobcats bronze mascot sculpture.

Shelby Thomas working on clay mold for bronze puma

Below:  Sue and Jerry Pope with Cy-Fair's new bronze mascot. Sue is the retired principle at Cy-Fair.

Sue and Jerry Pope stand by Cy-Fair's new bronze puma mascot sculpture

Below: Close-up of the new bronze Bobcat mascot for Cy-Fair High School, Houston, TX

Bronze puma sculpture for Cy-Fair High School