Thomas Donaldson

Joined Artfinder: March 2014

Artworks for sale: 319

(81)

Thailand

About Thomas Donaldson

 
 
  • Biography

    The portrait/nude has been a traditional subject within the history of painting, is easily recognizable, has been painted over and over again and something we’re all familiar with, our own and other peoples. This familiarity with the subject and the ideal of beauty in an increasingly over photo-shopped media allows me to develop the process of painting through abstraction, mark making and impasto and at the end of the process still have something that remains familiar although imperfect and slightly awkward.

    The visceral woks are achieved through the application of thick impasto paint, dragging and smudging the surface plus the occasional intervention of the ‘happy accident’ or chance. All these elements contribute in the process of making or constructing a painting.

    The works also acknowledge certain aspects of the existentialist premise that one cannot fully know or experience the reality of another person, and that this separateness underlies our daily consciousness.  

    Although the works are representational and figurative they intend to suggest, rather than depict an accurate observation of his subject. This is more apparent as the viewer approaches the work, the painted surface dissolves into a seemingly unorganized arrangement of blotches and irregular textures.

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  • Education

    1998 - 2000

    University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

  • Upcoming Events

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    Previous events

    Event: Affordable Art Fair

    Dates: Sept. 28, 2016 - Oct. 2, 2016

    Venue: The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) New York, NY 10011

    Affordable Art Fair NYC will return to the Metropolitan Pavilion this September for its exciting fall 2016 edition with 70 local, national, and international galleries offering an array of original artwork from more than 500 artists. With a plethora of new galleries, fresh artwork, and engaging tours, the fall edition will be brimming with more variety than ever before.

    Event: Flux

    Dates: Dec. 11, 2015 - Dec. 14, 2015

    Venue: Royal College of Art, London

    A visual art exhibition held at the RCA galleries, London in Dec 2015

    Event: Overlapping

    Dates: April 3, 2015 - May 11, 2015

    Venue: Gallery Artnow, Rotterdam, Holland

    Series of large scale overlapping figurative charcoal drawings.

    Event: Where's my head

    Dates: March 19, 2014 - April 30, 2014

    Venue: La Lanta gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

    Exhibition of recent heads and figure in oils

    Event: Thinking MEDIA III

    Dates: Aug. 14, 2013 - Aug. 20, 2013

    Venue: Chungmu Art Hall Gallery, 131 Heungin-Dong, Chung-Gu, Seoul, Korea

    An audio-visual presentation, which brings together a number of creative individuals who form a collective at this moment in time exploring visual and sonic methodologies around a diversity of media. Such works includes photography, video, sound, performance, and text-based imagery. These artists represent international undercurrents flowing between Asia, Europe and USA

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Education

1998 - 2000

University of Newcastle Upon Tyne


There are no upcoming events

Show previous eventsHide previous events

Previous events

Event: Affordable Art Fair

Dates: Sept. 28, 2016 - Oct. 2, 2016

Venue: The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) New York, NY 10011

Affordable Art Fair NYC will return to the Metropolitan Pavilion this September for its exciting fall 2016 edition with 70 local, national, and international galleries offering an array of original artwork from more than 500 artists. With a plethora of new galleries, fresh artwork, and engaging tours, the fall edition will be brimming with more variety than ever before.

Event: Flux

Dates: Dec. 11, 2015 - Dec. 14, 2015

Venue: Royal College of Art, London

A visual art exhibition held at the RCA galleries, London in Dec 2015

Event: Overlapping

Dates: April 3, 2015 - May 11, 2015

Venue: Gallery Artnow, Rotterdam, Holland

Series of large scale overlapping figurative charcoal drawings.

Event: Where's my head

Dates: March 19, 2014 - April 30, 2014

Venue: La Lanta gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

Exhibition of recent heads and figure in oils

Event: Thinking MEDIA III

Dates: Aug. 14, 2013 - Aug. 20, 2013

Venue: Chungmu Art Hall Gallery, 131 Heungin-Dong, Chung-Gu, Seoul, Korea

An audio-visual presentation, which brings together a number of creative individuals who form a collective at this moment in time exploring visual and sonic methodologies around a diversity of media. Such works includes photography, video, sound, performance, and text-based imagery. These artists represent international undercurrents flowing between Asia, Europe and USA


 

Biography

The portrait/nude has been a traditional subject within the history of painting, is easily recognizable, has been painted over and over again and something we’re all familiar with, our own and other peoples. This familiarity with the subject and the ideal of beauty in an increasingly over photo-shopped media allows me to develop the process of painting through abstraction, mark making and impasto and at the end of the process still have something that remains familiar although imperfect and slightly awkward.

The visceral woks are achieved through the application of thick impasto paint, dragging and smudging the surface plus the occasional intervention of the ‘happy accident’ or chance. All these elements contribute in the process of making or constructing a painting.

The works also acknowledge certain aspects of the existentialist premise that one cannot fully know or experience the reality of another person, and that this separateness underlies our daily consciousness.  

Although the works are representational and figurative they intend to suggest, rather than depict an accurate observation of his subject. This is more apparent as the viewer approaches the work, the painted surface dissolves into a seemingly unorganized arrangement of blotches and irregular textures.

 
 
 
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