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Tom Gillham: SoLo SoHi
March 31 - April 5Free
Tom Gillham’s paintings are his way of expressing feelings about places, people and personal thoughts and emotions that are for him (and many of us) rather difficult to put in words.
“Imperfections are truly beautiful, therefore challenged my own fear of making mistakes by embracing chance & accidents within my art.”
Tom’s vibrant colour palette and spontaneous mark-making produces wonderful pictures that reflect a diverse colourful mix of images from life, imagination and memory. Tom uses a variety of tools and mediums, ranging from acrylic and oil paint on canvas, linen or wooden boards, to drawing with ink, watercolours and more recently electronic pen on a digital screen.
“My art contains a kind of controlled chaos and hopefully an infectious energy, that shares the joy I feel creating my paintings”.
Frank Bowling’s influence can be seen within some of Tom’s intuitive semi-abstract paintings, as he researched the ‘poet of paint’, while studying for a Master of Fine Art at University of Brighton (2017-19). Tom layers and then washes off paint which fragment his figures and transform his landscapes into colourful ‘mindscapes’, reflecting an atmosphere of a scene or a state of mind.
“I wish my pictures can connect emotionally with others, now and in the future.”
Tom makes time to create and finds peace painting in his Sussex art studio.
(Quotes above by Tom Gillham, 2020).