Married to mosaicist Jeanne Reynal, Sills was inspired by her collection of abstract art, and began working with materials that his wife used in her mosaics, but soon branched out to oil on wood as well as canvas. Thomas Sills spent most of his creative life in New York City, deeply rooted in the artistic trends as well as cultural issues from the early 1950’s to 1970’s. Unlike his friends: Mark Rothko and Barnet Newman who were very articulate in verbalizing about their work; he felt it was not necessary to pin down his art with words as did his other friends: William de Kooning, Arshile Gorky and Franz Kline. Even though he lacked formal training, his self-taught artistic skills released phantasmical abstract paintings. His provocative handling of color and innovative use of media attracted the attention of the New York avant-garde.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Los Angeles County Museum, CA
Museum of Modern Art, NY