All scheduled dates27 Jul 2012 (All day)28 Jul 2012 (All day)29 Jul 2012 (All day)30 Jul 2012 (All day)31 Jul 2012 (All day)1 Aug 2012 (All day)TALENTED photo artist and sculptor Thom Bleasdale has been selected by leading Bristol Gallery, Centrespace, to show his first ever exhibition.
The work entitled ‘A Rare Photograph of the Soul Leaving the Body,’ shows 29 pieces between July 27 and the 1 August.
Thom has gained rapid recognition from the art, photography and skating world.
Endorsements have come from Taikia Waititi, the Oscar nominated director, best known for Flight of the Conchords and legendary skate photographers, Hugh Holland and Jim Goodrich, as well as Ed Templeton, Chief Executive Officer of cult skating firm Toy Machine.
Raised in North Devon, Thom was incredibly isolated due to a major illness in his early 20s, which is why his perspective is so different to most.
As a result of a rare condition he spent six years cut off from society and largely alone.
Today he puts all his efforts into expressing himself and trying to establish and communicate through visual art, be it photography, sculpture, drawing and painting.
The themes in his work relate to life, death and the nature of reality, mainly as a result of social isolation during his 20′s.
This is Thom’s first solo exhibition and his work was chosen by the Centrespace Gallery based on his proposal.
At the exhibition a small number of pieces will be sold with proceeds donated to Thom’s chosen charities.
Director, Taika Waitit, said, ‘Thom has a keen eye for moments that pass most of us by.
Quietly observed and recorded, these moments range from deeply intimate to beautifully absurd.
‘The Exhibition: ‘A Rare Photograph of the Soul Leaving the Body’Thom said of his work: ‘The pieces are mainly about our view on life and our attempt to convince ourselves that death isn’t terrifying.
Some of the pieces show living to its fullest extent and other pieces demonstrate aspects of life that are often unnoticed, but are much more significant than they first appear.
‘Similar to Taika Waitit’s interest, legendary skate photographer, Hugh Holland, is equally supportive, he said recently, ‘Thom has a huge interest for life.
Throughout his work, his precise composition tells of a passionate eye.
‘Jim Goodrich, original staff photographer and artist for Skateboarder Magazine said, ‘we consider Thom’s images to be true art in every respect.
He frequently shoots the most simple scenes, yet each image tells a deeper story and moves the viewer to feel something.
‘International photographer and artist, Rebecca Tillett, is also keen to support Thom, saying ‘His work is modern and minimalist but thought provoking in nature.
The titles of his pieces reflect his feelings on each subject and cause the viewer to look deeper into the photographs than they might originally intend.
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