Thomas, Brian

Brian Thomas, detail of Dame Nellie Melba Memorial Window (1962), Holy Sepulchre, Holborn Viaduct, London.
Photo: Peter Hildebrand

Brian Dick Lauder Thomas OBE (1912-89) was a British artist best known for his decorative work in church buildings, particularly murals and stained glass. During the war he served in the camouflage section of Home Security, and from 1946 to 1954, he was principal of the Byam Shaw School of Art, which in 2003 was absorbed by Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.  He was a member of The Art Workers’ Guild, serving as Master in 1957.

Source: Brian Thomas on Wikipedia


Brian Thomas and the Worshipful Company of Glaziers

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers was founded in 1328 and remains dedicated to the art and craft of stained glass. In recent times the emphasis has moved from the protection of the personal economic welfare of Glaziers to the preservation of the heritage of stained glass and the support of continuing high standards.

A key part of this work has been the annual competition for young artists, which began in 1932 and which, since 1982, has operated under the banner of the Stevens Competition, the premier competition for stained glass artists in the UK.

Brian Thomas was active in supporting the Company, including serving as a competition judge and as Master in 1976. In recognition of his service and a legacy to the Company, the First Prize in the Stevens Competition was named in his honour.


This artist's work is mentioned at the following locations