Thomas Lindahl Robinson was born in Los Angeles, California in 1968. Afternoons and evenings of soap operas, evening news and Walter Kronkite with his Scrabble-playing Swedish grandmother engendered a penchant for visual storytelling from an early age.
In 1990, as a young adult, he moved to San Francisco to further develop his artistic expression by studying with Lewis deSoto. His art extended from conceptual oriented works, to the fine print and documentary photography with the influence of Roger Minick. Thomas’ insatiable passion for art and life led him to the documentation of the residents of the Gillis W. Long Center for Hansen’s Disease, located in Carville, Louisiana. Listening to the residents at Carville about their struggles with isolation was influential in his exploration of the pathos of solitude.
In the mid-1990’s, Thomas moved to New York City in search of deeper artistic meaning by pursuing a MA degree in Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism at NYU. Under his mentorship of Korean Artist, Codi Choi, Thomas completed his “fifty-two minutes” project wherein he explored the philosophy of Hegel’s, “Absolute Idealism,” and how we best learn about ourselves is through the reflection of others.
At the turn of the millennium, Thomas returned to San Francisco and opened his studio. It was here he befriended Lon Clark, Founder and Dean of San Francisco Studio School, who further nurtured and mentored him on readings and conversations about art and life. This was an influential period for Thomas in which he expanded his documentations to Asia and the Caribbean where his wonderings through humanity led him into the initmate and spiritual realm of interpersonal relationships and spaces. His work seeks to reach deep into the human condition.
Thomas continues to play scrabble, watch “novellas” and the evening news, and seek profound conversations about art and life with other artists. Prior to her passing, Catherine Leroy was an invaluable source of ideas for his current work in Cuba. Rebecca Norris Webb and Alex Webb are also a profound influence, especially on Thomas’ color work titled, “Dreaming In Cuban.”
Thomas Lindhal Robinson continues his photo documentations of families in Tibet and Cuba; his works are held in private collections, and have been exhibited domestically and abroad in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and South Korea.
Photographs and a personal essay about being down and out in NYC