Environmental artist to demonstrate skills at Richmond gallery

Artist James Owen Thomas.

The Showcase Gallery in Richmond will host a demonstration by Yorkshire-based artist James Owen Thomas later this month.

James, 20, from Pateley Bridge, creates colourful canvases from used scratch cards and other recycled materials.

His work is driven by environmental issues and single use products turning others’ waste into his medium for expression.

James, who is on the autistic spectrum began exhibiting his art at an early age when he began to find a use for brightly coloured scratch cards that had been thrown away by dejected customers.

He painstakingly, cuts, hole punches and tears the ‘rubbish’, sorting it into shapes, colours and symbols before creating his canvases.

Inspired by many different artists including David Hockney, Van Gogh and Seurat and the pointillist movement James uses this distinctive style to represent his many interests of nature and the environment of Yorkshire.

His work includes stunning Yorkshire Dales scenes, Swaledale sheep and the barns and drystone walls that symbolise the area in which he resides.

Having exhibited in the North East and Yorkshire since the age of 15, James has developed a distinctive style and has received commissions for some of his artwork.

James will be demonstrating how he creates his unique work at The Showcase Gallery, 11 Finkle Street, Richmond, on Saturday, September 18 between 9.30am and 5pm.

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