TOM FELLOWS

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Tom Fellows (Birmingham, 1983) studied Art & Design at Sutton Coldfield College, he went on to focus his studies in sculpture at Cheltenham College. After completing his internship at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the artist moved to Nottingham to study architecture. He moved to Istanbul in 2010, currently he continues his practice from his studio in Maslak Oto Sanayi. His works have been exhibited in multiple group shows and art fairs in Istanbul. He exhibited his first solo show in Turkey in 2019.
According to the artist, it is a relatively modern convenience to see the world from any distance, from any chosen perspective. To bring closer a mountain, to compress its field of view, to control the light and appreciate it in a completely different way… The qualities of the human eye, the lens, had been the leading inspiration behind the technological discoveries that eventually led to the Renaissance. Through the lens, the convex and the concave, the three dimensional can be seen on a singular plane, allowing one to see and analyze that which was otherwise unperceivable. The images that made art history – if seen as a series of achievements and interpreted as codes – give a person the capacity to analyze and the key to question. It is a rare commodity, on the other hand, to be moved by something: one marvels at it but doesn’t question how it came about.
This curiosity following the move to a foreign land and the necessity to understand the new world and culture urged Tom Fellows to use a skillset he inherited: reading the signs. Fellows is the son of a traditional sign-painter in industrial Birmingham; his world was first and foremost made up of clear, vividly explicit details relating to the visual culture he was born into. Signs had been his first language. A formal art education allowed him to move from a traditional background into one of the possibilities where he was unconfined by material, strokes or scale.
Fellows does not depend on a canvas and he does not paint in a traditional manner, however he does rely on objects that form an inseparable part of the culture he accommodates and he adds colours to them. He begins by manipulating the surface of the object and working like a scientist. He applies paint, following the direction dictated by the metal surface. Creases are filled, mountains are formed. He adds layer on layer. Then slowly, through a process of destructive abrasion, he moves away from what he had initially begun- the layers work symbolically in distancing him from the gesture that started the dialogue with the object. Once he has moved away considerably in space and time from the piece, he waits for the right moment for the recognizable distance.
The body of work, Fellows presents is the result of the cultivation of his relationship forged with the foreign culture he moved into. It is both a reflection and part of the language, the graphics, the landscape. It is through looking and questioning how it could be re-interpreted visually. As he draws nearer to recognizing the distance, the shapes become clearer, unfolding piece by piece his journey. From his dedicated practice emerges a sphere of signs and images, creating the opportunity for endless possibilities of re-presenting that journey.

2017, Devrik Cümle, group exhibition, Empire Project, Istanbul, Turkey
2017, Manipulative, group exhibition, Lastik Project, Istanbul, Turkey
2019, REM Artspace, Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
2019, Step Art Fair, REM Artspace, Istanbul, Turkey
2019, Increasingly Distant, solo exhibition, REM Artspace, Istanbul, Turkey
2020, Step Art Fair, Artopol, Istanbul, Turkey
2020, FAM Festival, group exhibition, FAM, Istanbul, Turkey
2020, London Design Festival, group exhibition, FAAR Art & Design Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Tom Fellows (Birmingham, 1983) studied Art & Design at Sutton Coldfield College, he went on to focus his studies in sculpture at Cheltenham College. After completing his internship at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the artist moved to Nottingham to study architecture. He moved to Istanbul in 2010, currently he continues his practice from his studio in Maslak Oto Sanayi. His works have been exhibited in multiple group shows and art fairs in Istanbul. He exhibited his first solo show in Turkey in 2019.
According to the artist, it is a relatively modern convenience to see the world from any distance, from any chosen perspective. To bring closer a mountain, to compress its field of view, to control the light and appreciate it in a completely different way… The qualities of the human eye, the lens, had been the leading inspiration behind the technological discoveries that eventually led to the Renaissance. Through the lens, the convex and the concave, the three dimensional can be seen on a singular plane, allowing one to see and analyze that which was otherwise unperceivable. The images that made art history – if seen as a series of achievements and interpreted as codes – give a person the capacity to analyze and the key to question. It is a rare commodity, on the other hand, to be moved by something: one marvels at it but doesn’t question how it came about.
This curiosity following the move to a foreign land and the necessity to understand the new world and culture urged Tom Fellows to use a skillset he inherited: reading the signs. Fellows is the son of a traditional sign-painter in industrial Birmingham; his world was first and foremost made up of clear, vividly explicit details relating to the visual culture he was born into. Signs had been his first language. A formal art education allowed him to move from a traditional background into one of the possibilities where he was unconfined by material, strokes or scale.
Fellows does not depend on a canvas and he does not paint in a traditional manner, however he does rely on objects that form an inseparable part of the culture he accommodates and he adds colours to them. He begins by manipulating the surface of the object and working like a scientist. He applies paint, following the direction dictated by the metal surface. Creases are filled, mountains are formed. He adds layer on layer. Then slowly, through a process of destructive abrasion, he moves away from what he had initially begun- the layers work symbolically in distancing him from the gesture that started the dialogue with the object. Once he has moved away considerably in space and time from the piece, he waits for the right moment for the recognizable distance.
The body of work, Fellows presents is the result of the cultivation of his relationship forged with the foreign culture he moved into. It is both a reflection and part of the language, the graphics, the landscape. It is through looking and questioning how it could be re-interpreted visually. As he draws nearer to recognizing the distance, the shapes become clearer, unfolding piece by piece his journey. From his dedicated practice emerges a sphere of signs and images, creating the opportunity for endless possibilities of re-presenting that journey.

2017, Devrik Cümle, group exhibition, Empire Project, Istanbul, Turkey
2017, Manipulative, group exhibition, Lastik Project, Istanbul, Turkey
2019, REM Artspace, Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
2019, Step Art Fair, REM Artspace, Istanbul, Turkey
2019, Increasingly Distant, solo exhibition, REM Artspace, Istanbul, Turkey
2020, Step Art Fair, Artopol, Istanbul, Turkey
2020, FAM Festival, group exhibition, FAM, Istanbul, Turkey
2020, London Design Festival, group exhibition, FAAR Art & Design Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

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