Tom Strutton | Best in Show

Tom entered Camelback Gallery's International Juried Still Life Competition. His artwork titled: "The Singing Bowl" was selected as Best in Show.

Art News from United States. Published by Camelback Gallery on Friday 11 December 2020.

Tom Strutton - Best in Show image

Tom Strutton - Best in Show Artist Locale: Southhampton, Hampshire, UK Title: “The Singing Bowl” Medium: Colored Pencil

Artist Statement:

“I first started using colored pencil in 2015, having discovered the potential of the medium through seeing high quality colored pencil realism posted on social media. For several years I established myself as a specialist in bird art, though just recently my interests have been redirected towards still life. ‘The singing bowl’ was initially conceived as an ambition to create a traditional still life built around a detailed, patterned textile. Growing from this, I felt that the objects resting on the textile should in some way comment upon it, through reflection and alteration. The blue glass of the fisherman’s float, its appealing spherical character and distortion of colors battles the titular singing bowl for space and our attention. In the background, a third object, less imposing in stature, oversees the contest like a referee at a boxing match. The resulting image walks an interesting line between harmony and tension.” In January 2017 I had my first published article in Colored Pencil Magazine and in May 2019 I won my first magazine cover for ‘The Gardens – the magazine of the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney’. This year I became a member of the International Guild of Realism and the UK Coloured Pencil Society as part of a push to take part in more high-profile group exhibitions within the realism and coloured pencil global communities." Tom