Varghese Simon Thomas
I create oil and acrylic paintings, drawings and mixed media artworks. I examine the changing aspects of landscape, including the influence of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our expectations of what landscape means to us. Rather than staging a factual certainty, an illusion is constructed to conjure the branches of our imagination.
My paintings are an investigation into illustrations of (seemingly) concrete ages and states as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized on the canvas. With the use of adopted materials which are borrowed from a day-to-day outlook, I create intense personal instants masterfully created by means of rules and faux pas, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
My works are based on inspiring situations: visions that reflect an impression of indisputability and serene observation, combined with subtle details of odd or eccentric, humoristic features. By focusing on techniques and materials, as I try to increase the dynamic between audience and author by actualizing emotions and investigating the contrast that develops through different interpretations.
I consider making art a craft which is implemented using clear formal rules and which should always refer to my social view. My works directly respond to the immediate environment and uses of everyday involvements as a starting point. Often these are framed occurrences that would go unnoticed in their original context. By rejecting an unbiased truth and global cultural descriptions, I create recognizable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the acclimatizing of my own perception and has to reconsider my influenced position.
Art is entertainment: to be able to view the work, as well as to interact with the work is important.
My works never shows the complete depiction. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine an own views without being mired by the historical reality. With a conceptual approach, I can work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. The work tries to express this with the help of physics and technology, but not by telling a story or creating a metaphor.
My paintings also represent the different stages of my evolution as a human being, rediscovering the life in a different perspective and bringing me a step closer to the artistic expressions within me.
My works are notable for their perfect finish and perceptible nature. This is of great importance and bears witness to great artistry. I currently live and work in New York.
Varghese Simon Thomas
Arts By A Modern Artist
I believe in channelling my creative urges in order to produce unique artwork in New York. My inspiration for my work is the miracle of life. Arts by Simon is born out of a combination of my education, training and experience, which allows my perspective as an artist to remain traditional yet contemporary. Art is how I battle against the indifference of humans and offer new ways of viewing the world.