I have always loved art , particularly paintings and painting. I did a little potato stamping stuff at school i seem to remember, but then didn’t use paints or get involved in any ‘hands on’ creativity for decades. I originally started painting after a good friend of mine died of cancer in 1994. I felt much better during the grieving process after painting some bold images onto A4 card. So then i gradually began to find a formula (working process) that appealed to me and a style that i found changed after a few years when it felt a little contrived and exhausted. Then i tried other styles and other kinds of materials such as mosaic, collage and what the great Max Ernst described as decalcomania. Sometimes it took a whole series of processes and messes to arrive at the mood and images i was trying to produce but i simply likened this to a dress rehearsal or a type of improvisation. When i am not painting i think about colours and shapes that may resonate or dance together or even get into some intriguing conflict with each other, so that when i return to my upside down kitchen painting area, i can at least start with a few exciting and pulsating ideas.
Tom Wilson has lived in York for over 16 years, originally from Salford. Tom Started painting around 1996 after a good friend died of cancer. He found it a comforting therapy and a kind of a healing activity. Tom has had three previous art Exhibitions of his work. The last one being in 2012 to raise funds for the Haiti earthquake foundation. Tom is disabled and lives alone with his cat, Pendle. “After living in London for over twenty years York gives one incredible peace of mind” says Tom.
Tom wishes to thank the very kind and supportive staff at St Bedes and The Bar convent on Blossom street. Tom was urged by his family and friends to do something with all the pieces of art that have accumulated around his small house now. Tom says “at least if I sell one or two of them I will be able to find my way in and out of the kitchen without risking life and limb”. The kind of art Tom feel’s has been an influence on his work is artists like Kandinsky, Outsider art and The Expressions movement. Tom says however it is important to find your own voice and your own style after being excited and motivated by seeing other visceral and dramatic pieces of art. There will be food and drinks available for all the visitors we are expecting and Tom also points out to those who will be disappointed they can’t make the exhibition, there is still an opportunity to browse over the work and purchase paintings by going on the web site included below. For those who can’t afford some of the art work there is an alternative way to support the plight of the people in the Ukraine, by buying one of the Tee shirts on sale which of course have images of Tom’s art work on them and very fine they look too. The exhibition itself takes place from 15th to 16th SEPTEMBER at ST BEDES 21 Blossom Street, York YO241AQ.
From 10.am till 6-30.pm