Avril Thomas, born in Malaysia, has enjoyed a lifetime of drawing and until 1996 it was essentially was a private pursuit. Whilst living in Queensland Avril’s talent was recognised and was asked to teach.

On returning to South Australia she has participated in many joint and solo exhibitions.

Her main focus is portraiture in charcoal, graphite, pastel and oil, all with a tonal realist style. Avril’s works can be found in Hong Kong, U.S.A. as well as round Australia in corporate and private collections.





Career Highlights

  • Entering the 2004 Archibald Prize with a portrait of Prof. Michael Tyler. “The Frog Man”
  • The portrait of Alexander Downer, “The Minister from Downunder” for the 2005 Archibald Prize, made Avril a finalist.
  • Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to paint Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson, Governor of South Australia
  • Commissioned by Flinders University to paint Vice Chancellor Anne Edwards
  • A retrospective exhibition and unveiling of Premier of South Australia Mike Rann’s portrait “The Big Boys Toys”
  • Artist in residence at Flinders Medical Centre – a marathon of paintings and drawings of the staff in the Operating Theatres for a solo exhibition (42 pieces) “Theatre Works”
  • Commissioned by Adelaide University School of Medicine to paint and draw key people in the Medical profession for the 125th Anniversary of the school exhibition another marathon effort – “A day in the life exhibition” 59 images were created for this exhibition with artist Meg Brassil.
  • Commissioned by Monash University to paint a suite of portraits
  • Portrait of Bazil Hetzel portrait “The Remedy” now on display at the Bazil Hetzel institute. Was used by the great man himself at Uni SA’s exhibition to celebrate his achievements May 2012



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Avril Thomas of a Member of..

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Royal South Australian Soc of Arts

Portrait Artists Australia

Portrait Society of America




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Avril Thomas as Judge..

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Parkside Primary School 2008

Campbelltown Rotary 2008

Campbelltown Rotary 2009

Campbelltown Rotary 2010

Solar Art Prize 2012

Blackwood Rotary 2013



Corporate / Business Collections

  • All that and More – Building Company
  • Flinders University
  • A number of Surgeons Rooms in Adelaide ++
  • Flinders Medical Centre
  • Thoma’s Trek – Wine co
  • Basil Hetzel Institute
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Monash University
  • Adelaide University
  • Jayco head office Melb