I don't usually get a chance to get good photos of the shows that I see in person, but I recently went to see my friend Tom Bagshaw's first show at Corey Helford Gallery, alongside David Stoupakis.
Some may be turned off by the fact that he works digitally, but I am on the other side of the aisle- I have just as much respect for digital painters as I do for an oil, acrylic, gouache, or watercolor painter. Each of these mediums can be regarded as being 'easier' to work with, depending on the artist, but each requires just as much skill to handle successfully. In fact, I think digital painters have to work harder to achieve the warmth and life that Tom puts into his paintings..much like computer animators trying to capture the essence of hand-drawings.
To me, the imagery and the feeling I get from it, is what captivates me- regardless of the medium. I have been entranced by Tom's works for more than a year now, and he delivers every time! I was equally impressed by the presentation of his work- the framing and varnishing really pulls you into the piece. I took some detail shots to try to capture the effect, but see for yourself if you are in the area! The show closes this Saturday.
Tom is also starting up an exciting new project called 3Cs- in which he will paint 100 digital portrait studies in 100 hours, over 100 days. The first 100 people to show at the Fine Art Print Company in Bath, UK at noon on the 1st of September will have the honor of being painted by him over the next three and half months! Makes me wish I lived in the South West of England! For more info on how you can get involved, follow the link for the project blog here.