Thomas in his first studio at The Rodd, his grandmother Mary Nolan’s last home
Thomas Perceval is an Artist & Designer based on the border of Mid Wales and Herefordshire, where he was born and grew up. He stems from a background of vibrant creativity, belonging to the Australian artistic dynasty, the Boyd family. He is the grandson of renowned Austalian painter, John Perceval.
Surrounded by creativity from a very young age, he spent much of his childhood drawing, painting and playing music. He studied at Hereford College of Art & Design, choosing a National Diploma in Graphic Design, followed by a Foundation in Art & Design. He then went on to study BA Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts in London.
Returning to the countryside, he became re-engaged with the beauty and awe of the natural world. He captures the energy and presence of Trees in winter, combining drawing techniques with laser burning technology. The works are meticulously created, expressing the complexity and serenity found in the shape and form of Trees. Subject, material and process (wood, fire) converge, inviting us to observe the elemental, temporal & eternal.
The source drawings take up to 8 weeks to complete, therefore a very limited number are produced each year. Each Tree artwork is then created individually, from the source drawing, over an extensive period of time (see lead time for details)
All colouring in the completed artworks is achieved as a result of the burning process; no inks, paints or dyes are used. The works are made from FSC certified birch and oak veneer woods. The frames are made from FSC certified lime and ash woods.
Each work is a Limited Edition. However, as the individual wood grain pattern is an intrinsic part of the artworks, and the burning process is always subtly distinct, each edition is invariably unique. Thomas uses the term Shared Originals for these works. Artworks are signed & numbered on the back.
Thomas’s work has been exhibited widely across the UK, including at The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol and La Galleria Pall Mall, London.