About Thomas Donaldson
Thomas is an English painter living and working in Asia. His visceral works are committed to a rigorous development and re-evaluation of his practice and are marked by a willingness to turn around his thinking during its development which gives it an excitement and flair supported by rigorous execution. This has led to him receiving many commissions and exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. He is also a dedicated lecture and has held various academic positions in the UK and Asia.
The portrait/nude has been a traditional subject within the history of painting, is easily recognizable, has been painted over and over 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 works are achieved through the application of thick impasto paint, dragging, smudging and staining 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.