Thom Buchanan is a painter, drawer and cross-disciplinary artist residing in Adelaide.
In 2010 he graduated from the School of Art, Architecture and Design at UniSA with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) and has since exhibited extensively locally, nationally, and internationally along with being a finalist and winner of a number of art prizes.
In 2011 Thom collaborated with Garry Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre on 'Worldhood' using a live performance drawing technique that has now become one of his trademarks. In 2013 he was involved in several major collaborations such as the Centenary of Canberra 2013 live performance drawing with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, 'The Kreutzer Sonata' for the State Theatre Company which premiered at the Adelaide Festival, and was one of several artists commissioned to create a mural in Canterbury Museum as part of the Rise Festival, ChristchurchNew Zealand.
2015 he created a large-scale drawing for the 'Do it' [Adelaide] exhibition, and the ‘Wounderwalls’ Street Art Festival in Port Adelaide.
In 2016 Thom created a 6x14m Mural for The Royal Croquet Club, was included in the Fringe Street Art mural explosion project, painted an 8x15m back drop for the Adelaide State Theatre Company’s ‘Thing I know to be true’ and was a finalist in the Fleurieu Art Prize 2016. He is currently working on SNDCLSH a collaboration investigating sound and visuals with disabilities artists.
All my work reflects a fascination with time and the built environment, from large-scale live painting to layered works on canvas. Sometimes ghostly, I am often mixing dark and light tones, to try to draw the viewer through an imaginative timescale that encompasses future built environments - utopian and dystopian, enhancing the layered pasts I feel we still inhabit. Any future vision should attempt to communicate with and through the thousands of years of history that precedes it, from Indigenous understandings and uses of place, through to contemporary migrant experiences. I aim to create images that work both away and towards, into past and future, using fusion and decay. I am fascinated by the tensions between natural and built environments, between moving forwards and being still, and between the living and the dead.
Strong attention to the vanishing point, is the invitation to enter my work. The fractal or jigsaw structures asks viewers to be conscious of built environments as constructed spaces in time, and to push toward their own vision of what the future could entail. How do we create a future for the city that understands its history and takes responsibility for the past and for future generations? What new custodial relationships will be needed for a changing climate? I believe it is the role of the artist to contemplate such questions.
Extrapolating the documentation of my live performances into video works is an on-going project for myself and feeds back into my paintings and drawing practice.
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