Columbus artist hopes his paintings, like the Olympics, will bring people together

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–A Columbus artist said the Olympics are the inspiration behind his latest artwork. His phone’s been ringing off the hook ever since he shared photos online.

Marc Thomas describes himself as an urban abstract artist. He hopes that, just like the Olympics, his paintings help bring us all together.

Paint. Brushes. Canvas. And, the Olympics. A perfect formula for what Thomas said has been his most popular collection ever.

“As I watched the Olympics I began to do more and more and more,” said Thomas.

OLYMPIC ARTIST 2Thomas has been painting since he could remember.

“It takes you away from everything else going on in the world today and it brings you to a positive place,” he said.

While watching the games, Thomas got lost in the brushstrokes.

“I saw the unity, just the whole peaceful aspect.”

Creating paintings of athletes on the rings, in the water and sand. He said his work uses all the colors of the rainbow on purpose.

“The Olympic symbol is a whole bunch of different colors. As you see with the artwork, it’s a whole bunch of different colors as well. All the colors evoke emotion.”

He said sports bring everybody together. He hopes his art has the same effect.

”You wish the Olympics could represent everyday life with all the unity and stuff that’s going on.”

Thomas painted 27 pieces in less than a month, the most he’s ever done.

If you’re interested in seeing more of Thomas’ art click here: or email Thomas at provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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