Tom Bushnell. Ex­per­i­ment­ing with Color & Tex­ture | ART

Ex­per­i­ment­ing with Color & Tex­ture

Upscale Living Magazine - - Content - | BY JARONE ASHKENAZI

Tom Bushnell’s love of the power of color in paint­ing be­gan at an early age. In­spired by Im­pres­sion­ism, Bushnell quickly re­al­ized how color can be evoca­tive and an im­por­tant part of the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence.

At the ten­der age of eight years-old, his pas­sion was re­warded as he won the Art Prize ev­ery year dur­ing his school­ing, eight years in a row. Whilst still in school, at the age of 15 he was com­mis­sioned to paint por­traits of his Head­mas­ter, the Lo­cal Mayor, and the Chief Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer of the Re­gion. Th­ese early suc­cesses in his life opened the door to be in­ter­viewed for en­try as a stu­dent at two world renowned Fine Art Schools, The Royal Col­lege of Art, and The Slade School of Fine Art; alas he was too young to at­tend.

His pas­sion quickly turned into a life’s dream upon en­rolling in The Cen­tral & Ravens­bourne Col­leges of Art and De­sign. Bushnell stud­ied paint­ing and achieved a B.A. Hon­ors de­gree in Fine Art & De­sign, where he fo­cused his stud­ies on Ab­strac­tion. At the age of 20, Tom was the only stu­dent from his col­lege to be ac­cepted and hung at the very pres­ti­gious “Young Con­tem­po­raries Show” in London. His large ab­stract paint­ing “Un­ti­tled” was cre­ated as a re­sult of his stud­ies.

Fol­low­ing his stud­ies at The Cen­tral & Ravens­bourne Col­leges of Art and De­sign, he re­ceived com­mis­sions to paint the por­traits of the rich and fa­mous – as well as copies of the Old Masters, an­i­mal por­traits and sport­ing pieces, still life com­po­si­tions and land­scape scenes. He has ex­hib­ited with lead­ing artists in­clud­ing Sir Peter Blake and John Hoy­land. Some slides of his work are stored in The Na­tional Por­trait Gallery ar­chives. Some of his Ab­stract paint­ings have been ac­cepted at the fa­mous Royal Academy Sum­mer Show. His paint­ings are in­cluded in col­lec­tions in the UK and across the globe.

Bushnell be­lieves art has the abil­ity to up­lift and in­spire the hu­man soul and over­come much of the neg­a­tive as­pects of life” and by ex­per­i­ment­ing with color and tex­ture to cre­ate new com­po­si­tions he can cre­ate the “wow fac­tor which res­onates with the viewer.”

Tom is avail­able for Ab­stract and Rep­re­sen­ta­tional paint­ing com­mis­sions.

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