Thomas Friel

New Orleans, Louisiana

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Thomas Friel

Thomas Friel stands in front of a brightly colored storefront next to a green robot. Friel wears black frame glasses and has light skin tone, black and gray hair and a short beard.

Thomas Friel is a multimedia artist based in New Orleans. His work explores the intersections of Capitalist power and domesticity through abstraction, absurdity, abjection, ambivalence, and other words that start with letters of the alphabet that are not necessarily “a”. He received a BFA in Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He has exhibited his work in non-profit galleries in several U.S. cities. In 2013, his work was included in Conan O'Brian's crowd-sourced “Occupy Conan” episode, for which he received a Team Coco coffee mug, T-shirt, and bumper sticker. He has written art criticism for websites, including, and print publications, including EXPO Chicago. He was a member of the New Orleans artist collective The Front from 2018 through 2020.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2024

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Through my work, I aim to critique the system of Capitalism and its effects on life in the US. I use materials and techniques typical of home construction and decor—carpet, foam, house paint, caulk, drywall, stenciling, and hand sewing—to create paintings and video sets. These interiors and mirrors of the interior are chaotic and maximalist, creating connections to rampant consumerism.”