Tom has had paintings accepted at the world famous and prestigious Royal Academy Summer Show. He has exhibited with some of the leading artists of our time, including John Hoyland, considered to be the greatest British abstract painter. His paintings form part of collections in the UK and across the globe.
Tom says, “I love the power of colour in painting! Colour can be so evocative, and I believe it is such an important part of the human experience. It has the ability to uplift and inspire the human soul and overcome much of the negative aspects of life. I enjoy experimenting with colour and texture to create new compositions. If I can create the “Wow” factor in my work that resonates with the viewer I feel I’ve done my job as an artist. Indeed, I very much agree with the world renowned artist Helen Frankenthaler, when she stated about her paintings, ‘What concerns me is…..Did I make a Beautiful Picture?’ ”
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.
Tom is featured in the online magazine Upscale Living Magazine.
Tom has been selected by Worldwide Art Books to be represented by them at major art fairs where they show… including Art Expo New York, Spectrum Miami and Art San Diego. In addition, they have selected Tom to be included in their prestigious publications: ‘Current Masters’, ‘International Contemporary Masters’ and ‘Important World Artists’.
He has been selected by the Selection Committee to participate in the Florence Biennale 2017…a prestigious Contemporary Art event.
Florence Biennale “Lifetime Achievement Awards” recipients have included David Hockney, Gilbert & George, and Anish Kapoor.
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