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“Blink” Interview: artist, Tom Waring

Every one of our interns gets the opportunity to contribute to our blog. The brief is pretty open and lots of the interns go the streetstyle or personal project route. One of my current interns, Megan, decided to use this opportunity as a platform to spotlight he very gifted fine artist brother, Tom Waring. Once she had shown me some of his work, I was fully behind the idea. I think that Tom has a very unique style and I love his almost photo-realistic meets surrealist approach, and that colour use is so innovative.

Tom has 3 Art A-levels in Fine Art, Photography and Art Textiles. He then progressed to a BA in Fine Art at Aberystwyth School of Art, where he focused on painting. Tom is currently taking a year out of education before he embarks upon an MA. We are delighted to be able to showcase and share his talent here.

Tom Waring

Tom Waring

What inspired you to become a painter? I chose painting over other mediums because it lends itself to what I want to express. I am a sucker for Romanticism and painting is usually, by its nature a very Romantic way of producing an image.

How would you describe your style of working? A merge of historical and contemporary techniques. I use Photoshop often to help with designing paintings, yet the way that I actually handle paint is much more akin to methods used by painters such as J.M.W Turner and other 19th century painters. Usually I start by montaging together photos, chosen from my archive of about 3000 images collected on my computer. Then there are several stages of re-arranging or drawing by hand. From that stage on, the design process is quite fluid.

Tortuga Gorge by Tom Waring

Tortuga Gorge by Tom Waring

Tianzi Resort by Tom Waring

Tianzi Resort by Tom Waring

Flamingo by Tom Waring

Flamingo by Tom Waring

Do you have a favourite piece of your own work? My favourite painting is usually the piece that I’m currently working, because it has my most recent ideas and experimentations in it. Its the piece that, in my head, has the most risk and the most potential at that moment.

I feel most creative when… honestly when my head touches the pillow, inconveniently! Maybe its something to do with trying to switch off  that actually makes it the perfect place to be mentally creative.

What project are you currently working on and how is it coming along? At the moment I have some canvasses waiting to be painted on. Because I’m now out of education, I feel I can be a lot more experimental. My pieces are by their nature very time consuming to create.

What’s new and exciting for you in the immediate future? I’m taking a year out of education to earn some money to put towards a Masters in London. I’m hoping that the more experimental work I’m currently creating will provide me with a body of material and questions I can then take to London and put through the Masters.

Who would you like to have a piece of your art hanging in their home and why? Stephen Fry. I respect a lot of his opinions and views, and so I’d feel very privileged if he chose to own one of my paintings.

If I could have created any piece of art in history, which one would you choose? The Somnambulist by Robin Ironside, just to get a glimpse at what was going through his head (bar the narcotics) when he painted it.

The Somnambulist circa 1943 Robin Ironside 1912-1965 Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1944 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05459

The Somnambulist circa 1943 Robin Ironside 1912-1965 Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1944 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05459

Interview with thanks to Megan Waring. For more about Tom and his work, take a look here http://www.tomwaring.com/ and here http://www.degreeart.com/users/tomwaring. If you’d like to contact Tom directly, his email address is tomwaringart@gmail.com.

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