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"Detritus: The Work of Tom Thewes " - Exciting April Exhibit at Northville Art House April 4 – 26, 2014


"Detritus: The Work of Tom Thewes "

April 4 – 26, 2014


CONTACT:        Joanne Bandoni – or 734-678-9881

                            Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady Street, Northville, MI 48167


The Northville Art House is proud to present its April, 2014 exhibit, "Detritus,"

an exciting solo artist show featuring the work of Detroit cultural icon and acknowledged airbrush master, Tom Thewes. 


Thewes' compelling artwork has been described as masterful firestorms of line and color--still images that are anything but still. Painted facets and planes, the visual impact of tectonic plates that shift and collide, capture pop cultural insights from the artist's own underground experiences and brave influences.


Thewes is a partner of SUUMO Street Art Reproductions as well as the Executive Director at Contra Projects, a select group of respected, established artists who have gained global recognition by using the street as their canvas, and CEO of world-renowned ©POP Gallery, which forever changed the vibe of Midtown's Woodward corridor, launching careers of some of the world's most influential and important visual artists of the last 20 years. A graduate of the College For Creative Studies, Thewes has worked as an Art Director and Designer for Commercial Art Studio Graphic House, as well as for Compuware. He has illustrated for Playboy, Guitar World, Juxtapoz, The New York Rangers, Vibe, Ride Snowboards, Ford, How and Blue Canvas magazines, every major Detroit publication, and more.  He's also known as the last der Lärm boy - what's left of a 1990's formed renegade band of Detroit-based graphic designers and painters, modeled after the art re-defining, modernist movements of the early 20th century. 


"Detritus" will open First Friday, April 4, with an artist reception, sponsored by Edwards Cafe and Caterer and Bandoni Creative,  from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and an artist talk at 8:00 p.m.

The show will run through Saturday, April 26 during regular Art House hours, Wed-Sat, 1-5 p.m.



Thewes' Exhibit Statement is as follows: 



Detroit is my inspiration. Its massively hulking industrial structures and barely populated, overgrown and dilapidated residential areas are a gorgeously bleak, expansive wasteland of urban decay that stubbornly refuses to die or be forgotten. Until recently, living here felt like surviving outside the fringes of civilization, yet now it feels like the center of the universe. People here who used to see detritus blown around by the wind are now fuel for the transformation of the city. Despite a history of racial tension, governmental corruption, and industrial waste, the pioneering courage of its business and artistic communities are finally forcing a true rebirth. It is a powerful and important story. In "Detritus", I want to show my impressions of some of the people around me who make up my personal little chapter in that grand epic.



[ di trtəss ]


1.   debris: debris or discarded material

2.   rock fragments: fragments of rock that have been worn away

3.   organic matter: organic debris formed by the decomposition of plants or animals


      synonyms: debris · litter · waste · trash · rubbish · flotsam and jetsam · leftovers





"Detritus: The Work of Tom Thewes"

Opening Reception: First Friday, April 4, 6-9 p.m., Sponsored by Edwards Cafe and Caterer and Bandoni Creative. Artist Talk at 8:00 p.m.

Dates of Exhibit:  Friday, April 4 through Saturday, April 26.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. (First Fridays only, 1-9 p.m.)

Location:  Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady Street, Northville, MI  48167

Admission:  Free

More Information:  Northville Art House (248) 344-0497



Images:       "Brass" by Tom Thewes

                   "TRUBLgrrl" by Tom Thewes