Stillness, 2012

Signed and dated ‘Tom Thayer 2012’ (on the overlap); signed and dated ‘Tom Thayer 2012’ (on the stretcher)

Acrylic, ink, pigments, crayon, graphite and sewing on felt and monk`s cloth

531⁄2 x 681⁄8 x 15⁄8in. (145 x 176.5 x 4cm.)

Executed in 2012.


London, Saatchi Gallery, Paper, 2013 (illustrated in colour, pag.187)

Tom Thayer (born 1970)

Animator, puppeteer and video artist as much as a painter, Tom Thayer creates intriguing shapes that are distinctly out of materials analogs. The stillness is stained, drawn and sewn on a ground of felt and cloth of monk. Many of his creations are transformed into scenographies for his short films: in fact, “Stillness”, that seems invite us into a great yellow, blue and green forest nebula birds perched, transcending the painting to the limit of the landscape scenic or sculpture. Tails and branches escape the image plane in real space. The paint drips fantastically upward.
A dreamlike atmosphere descends, as if we were immersed in the depths of the subconscious of the artist. “It’s not about making a work of art, but of the experience of exploring, “he says.” Everything comes from the look interior, as deeply as possible. More something is personal, more it becomes universal “.