INTRODUCING – TOM VOYCE
We are thrilled to be bringing the work of Tom Voyce to a Nottingham audience and beyond.
At just 28 years of age Tom has come a long way from his Fine Arts Masters degree at Aberystwyth University in Wales to win the prestigious SKY ARTS LANDSCAPE ARTIST OF THE YEAR in 2017.
Impressing the judges with his powerful and distinctive landscapes, his prize was a £10,000 commission from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, where he was invited to paint the view from the legendary playwright Noel Coward’s home in Jamaica.
Tom’s style emerges from the American Modernism of the 1960’s where artists like Diebenkorn and De Kooning were conveying the visual experience of the three-dimensional world into the concept of flat painting.
At first glance Tom’s paintings bare a striking resemblance to the works of the Richard Diebenkorn. But on closer inspection it becomes apparent that Tom chose the ‘American Master’ only as a grounds of departure. Painted on a very intimate small-scale-form, Tom’s landscapes have an ability to mesmerize us on an abstract level.
In Tom’s paintings, Diebenkorn’s flat cartography is suddenly transformed into the full three-dimensional perspective of Renaissance, reminiscing its linear perspective and disappearing into a vanishing point as if we were invited to move on from Diebenkorn’s modern era of 20th Century to the post modern era of 21st Century where the flatness of painting is no longer a necessary concept or guarantee of Modern Art…
We revel in these rectilinear images so gorgeous and meticulously planned, with their “tension beneath the calm”. Their measured thinking, exacting geometry and abstract freedom is Tom’s greatest contribution to the ‘Successive Contemporary’.