Artist : Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis is a premium degree pencil wizard, and mouse master of the first order. Born in Birmingham in 1979, his studio is currently on an industrial estate in Tottenham.
Tom left school to study art at college and went on to do a fine art degree at Middlesex University. Whilst at University Tom had a very strange experience on a train, which sparked the series of events that lead us here. The story is too long to be told now, although briefly, it led to the creation of a mythological 18th century French philosopher, the forging of a sword and the images that you see today.
Tom’s work can be described as an attempt to order that which he cannot, to create meaning where there is none and provide narrative to an otherwise story-less situation. Alternatively he likes the phrase ‘beautiful nonsensical meaning’.
10 years ago the ideas for the characters in Megan and the Tentacles of Destiny’ came from a mixture of random doodling and a fascination with really weird people. More recently the characters come from daydreams, mythological investigation and the odd bit of cultural assimilation. The background accompanying each character forms part of the epic story that lives inside Tom’s head. It is constantly evolving – just don’t ask if how the Megan story ends.
Tom works with a variety of techniques and processes, usually starting with a pencil, he uses marker pens, biros, acrylic paint, aerosol cans, airbrushes, varnish, cardboard, digital camera, computer and fingers. Though not necessarily in that order.