Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Surreal Oil Paintings by Thomas Ascott

Thomas Ascott is a visual artist and a painter based in South Florida. He creates whimsical oil paintings with surreal characters and landscapes inspired by The Smoky Mountains and the Little Pigeon River, where the artist grew up. 

"No matter what the central element of a piece may be, the natural flora and fauna of the Smokies creeps in, whether in the obvious form of a Smoky Mountain songbird or salamander, or in the less obvious form of rhododendron leaves and lichen-covered boulders."

I am not sure anyone else could make the skeletons look so endearing as him, I want to hug them! His work usually features a female figure as a primary subject with an animal by her side in harmony. There are vibrant colors, patterns and softness to her work.

His work has been exhibited at several galleries and museums including the Beinart Gallery and the Arch Enemy Arts. In 2018, Mutual Art’s artist press archive featured Thomas Ascott’s Strange, Yet Personal ‘Astral Woods’ Paintings. He is participating in the upcoming group show Come Undone in Melbourne, Australia on November 2nd 2019. You can watch this space for updates for his future events. His online store can be visited for art print and stickers, here.