Tom Christophersen | Stanley Street Gallery

Tom Christophersen

TOM CHRISTOPHERSEN is petrified of beautiful things and death. It is primarily the car-crashing of these two themes which permeate the hyper-realistic, almost surrealistic, often dark portraits he produces. In a world of instant gratification and ‘fast art’, Tom aims to bring focus back to things that take a very long time to draw, paint or make, and that are of a level of detail which demands an intimate level of engagement from the viewer. Tom hopes his traditional, technical approach, combined with the modern figures he creates (representing grey areas surrounding gender, sexuality, beauty and isolation) provide a fresh, immediate offering to portraiture and indeed representation of the self. Tom’s work asks if you would please lean a little closer for a better look and rethink something you thought was quite harmless, because, as it turns out, it is not.

 

Available Work

 

Previously Exhibited

 

Solo Exhibitions

Tom Christophersen and Michael Simms - Interfacing 12th September - 13th October 2018

 

Group Exhibitions

Salon of Infectious Ideas  - 8th June - 2nd July 2016

 ....Introducing 6th February - 5th March 2016

 

Artist Statement

TOM CHRISTOPHERSEN is petrified of beautiful things and death. It is primarily the car-crashing of these two themes which permeate the hyper-realistic, almost surrealistic, often dark portraits he produces. In a world of instant gratification and ‘fast art’, Tom aims to bring focus back to things that take a very long time to draw, paint or make, and that are of a level of detail which demands an intimate level of engagement from the viewer. Tom hopes his traditional, technical approach, combined with the modern figures he creates (representing grey areas surrounding gender, sexuality, beauty and isolation) provide a fresh, immediate offering to portraiture and indeed representation of the self. Tom’s work asks if you would please lean a little closer for a better look and rethink something you thought was quite harmless, because, as it turns out, it is not.

 

Bio

TOM CHRISTOPHERSEN is an actor, artist and general arts atrocity. Hailing from Adelaide, Tom grew up performing in Fringe Festivals from a young age. Tom completed his Visual Arts degree, specialising in painting, in 2008 at the South Australian School of Art (SASA) before moving to Sydney to attend drama school at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art (AADA). After graduating from drama school Tom has created award winning portraiture and has performed in art events such as Marina Abramovic’s Project 30 with Kaldor Public Art Projects and Alexis Teplin's installation 'Arch: The Politics of Fragmentation' for the 2016 Biennale of Sydney. Tom has exhibited across the country and has created bespoke commissions for Lady GaGa, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and various Australian based fashion and art houses. Tom is inspired by Twin Peaks, dark-streaks and beautiful things which are bad for your health.

 

Tom Christophersen Artist Statement and CV July 2018 (PDF)