James Owen Thomas

James Owen Thomas

Collage Artist

Pateley Bridge

About

My mixed media artwork is created from recycled materials and I am also a keen photographer. My photographs from all parts of the country provide the themes for my collages.

In 2019 I was pleased to be commissioned by Pontefract Races to design artwork using their old raceday tickets and badges.

I like to think my art highlights issues of the environment and single use products as I turn things discarded by others into a medium for expression.

Final Furlong - James Owen Thomas
James Owen Thomas

James Owen Thomas

Collage Artist

Pateley Bridge

About

My mixed media artwork is created from recycled materials and I am also a keen photographer. My photographs from all parts of the country provide the themes for my collages.

In 2019 I was pleased to be commissioned by Pontefract Races to design artwork using their old raceday tickets and badges.

I like to think my art highlights issues of the environment and single use products as I turn things discarded by others into a medium for expression.

Final Furlong - James Owen Thomas

My work

About my work

James Owen Thomas

www.jamesowenthomas.com

Inspired by the nature in my garden and the cherry tree in blossom, I developed an idea of collaging different sections of the tree onto a number of recycled canvases. I have a keen interest in nature and am a volunteer at various local sites in wildlife and woodland settings. My artwork becomes therapeutic and I include everything important to me in my ideas.

A mix of scratch cards and melted wax combines well with donated fabric for the bark of the cherry tree. Most of the materials used were kindly given to me by local businesses. People know me well and how I put to good use what most would consider rubbish.

The effect I wanted to achieve is a tactile “starry night” effect as one of my favourite artists is Vincent van Gogh. For many evenings during lockdown I looked at the changing shades of the sky and felt motivated to bring as many colours as possible into my artwork.

For Árbol de la vida (Tree of Life), I used Spanish scratch cards collected by a friend from the Basque Country and collaged them with the Guernica Tree and Picasso in mind.

Locally some of my artwork can be seen at the Cold Bath Brewing Co. Clubhouse in Harrogate, Mackenzies Smokehouse at Blubberhouses and Art In The Mill, Knaresborough.

A link below shows my method and techniques:

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