Tom Buchanan is a London based Artist and Illustrator whose work is currently exploring his fascination with box art. His recent graphic artworks using found plates is based on a fascination about the relationship of bringing together unlikely objects. It’s a response project, using neglected lonely plates as a template or storyboard. It’s usually the quirks, textures and imperfections that ignite a trail. Tom would describe the process like ‘palm plate reading’ - you’re never quite sure what adventure might unfurl, but to give it too much thought is a failure, so it’s time to move on to the next. The naming and framing of the pieces has become integral to the process. Each plate is presented in a bespoke deep wooden box frame, colour tinted to accentuate the ceramic or story
Tom says of his work overall 'Image making is my vocation and an eternal work in progress. Although in awe of the digital process, I've always had a love for the tactile, experimenting with assemblage and the endless possibilities of box art. This curiosity developed into a series of curated, open submission exhibitions & events celebrating this art form. ‘Out of The Box’ has evolved into a personal study documenting works far and wide, whether professional practitioners to outsider artists. Beyond the extraordinary art, it’s as much about objects, the joys of collecting & absurdist anthropology'