Tom Van Herrewege

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Artist’s statement


My work is inspired by the incredible diversity of animals' physical forms. I am interested in man’s and my own individual interpretation of this throughout history and the ways in which the animal kingdom is perceived through different aspects of culture. It is the variety in our perception and logic that is formed from experiencing the animal form and how this is embellished within culture that drives my practice. 


I often re-examine these subjects using the animal as a starting image that can then be transformed into a different physical form and can be placed in a reconsidered locale. These reworked images act quite like my own solutions to the complexity of the specific animals uniquely evolved appearance. 


My research is largely informed by the history of animal representation within art and natural history. I look at the ways animals are presented through the media,their display in collections and the various languages we invent and adopt to understand them. I am drawn to the abstraction of information that occurs through man’s interpretation and presentation of findings from natural history in museums and collections of curiosities. 


Recent projects have taken me to places across the world to understand closer unique perceptions of wild animals within their own environments and from the indigenous people and settlers that share these places.



Selected solo exhibitions

2015: Pica pica. A pop up exhibition in Market Harborough in conjunction with residency at Brooke House College and the release of the publication 'Pica pica'. 8 Roman way, Market Harborough. January 23rd-30th.

2013: Paradise Lost. Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts, Durban, South Africa. May 21st-June 9th.

2011-2012: Tom Van Herrewege. Window Space. ASC Gallery, London, UK. December 5th-January 5th.

2011: Transfauna. Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, Australia. January 11th-March 11th.

2009: Whittled Rays. Malt Cross Gallery, Nottingham. August 22nd-September 11th.


Publications


2015: Pica pica. Self published in the UK. Link here.


2014: Creature fady. Perceptions and understandings of the animal kingdom in Malagasy fady and folklore. Self published in the UK. Link here.


Collections


2013: Durban Art Gallery


2011: Cairns Regional Gallery.



Residencies


2015: Brooke House College, artist in residence. Market Harborough, England. September 15th 2014-January 23rd 2015.


2013: Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts artist in residence, Durban, South Africa. March 1st-June 9th.


2011: Tanks Art Centre artist in residence, Cairns, Australia. January 11th-March 11th.

 


Education


2005-2006: MA in Fine Art Painting- Wimbledon School of Art.


2002-2005: BA in Fine Art Painting- Loughborough University.