Lionel Thomas
Christ the King in Glory, 1958
Mosaic tile
St. Paul’s College


“Chosen from a Canada-wide search, Lionel Thomas used 25,000 pieces of tile to create this building-high mosaic. The image depicts Christ the King in Glory, clothed in priestly vestments and crowned. The iconography is enigmatic in its inclusion of eight figures –are these beatitudes or eight apostles?” (Rector, Dr. David, St. Paul’s College, p.3).

Thorsteinson, Jeffrey, Mosaic, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, 2013, p. 11.

National Gallery of Canada web site:
Artists in Canada/The Dictionary of Canadian Artists – scroll down to get biography

Lionel Thomas:  Public Art Registry, Cultural Services, City of Vancouver
Lionel Thomas Blog
UBC Historical Photos: Lionel Thomas

Selected Bibliography
Scott, Andrew. Westworld Magazine, 28:2 (April 2002), p.44-50. The Bohemian Coast [The Sunshine Coast]

Concrete facts abort group’s attempt to lift mural titles for posterity (lionel thomas mosaic in old vancouver library). 1995. The Vancouver Sun (Index-only), Jul 22, 1995. (accessed September 13, 2013).

Drawing by numbers: Digital photogrammetry is bringing the advantages of new technology to historical restoration (woodward’s building in vancouver). 1995. The Canadian Architect 40, (10) (10): 35-36, (accessed September 13, 2013).

Upkeep never matches plans: Artist (lionel thomas). 1995. The Vancouver Sun (Index-only), Apr 08, 1995.


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