Teenage scratchcard artist to demonstrate work at Richmond gallery

Art by James Owen Thomas.

A teenager who makes art from scratchcards will demonstrate his work and techniques at the Showcase Gallery in Richmond later this month.

James Owen Thomas, 18, from Pately Bridge, highlights the issues affecting the environment and single use products by turning things discarded by others into works of art.

While some players throw their unsuccessful scratchcards on the ground, James has been quietly collecting them using their colours and symbols in his art.

He said: “From an early age, I always preferred to see litter in bins rather than spoiling the countryside, parks and seashore.

“I later realised how some of it can be recycled and this developed into a special interest exploring my own ideas in art.”

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

His work includes Swaledale sheep and the barns and drystone walls that symbolise the Yorkshire Dales.

James, who is on the autistic spectrum has been putting on exhibitions of his work since he was 15.

Currently studying for an extended diploma in art and design at Bradford College, he uses his talent to help raise funds for charities including Shelter, the National Autistic Society and the Harrogate Homeless Project.

James will be appearing at the Showcase Gallery, in Finkle Steret, Richmond, from 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday, September 21.