Tom French’s “PARALLAX”—It Is All a Matter of Perspective and Visual Perception
Having one of Tom French’s paintings hanging in the @Scene360 office, clearly means what it means.
We admire what he has envisioned and painted on canvases since 2011—from our first feature of his illusional skull drawings, to present day, his continuous black-and-white oils for solo show “PARALLAX” at Unit London.
He has taken strides to shaping a distinguishable art style, yet through the apparent consistency and meticulousness, he is letting loose with the years—i.e. each brushstroke is more random, fluid, and more of himself in the work.
In this interview we find out why he is so insistent with the theme of mortality and if 19th-century painter Charles Allan Gilbert was an inspiration; what “PARALLAX” is really about, and what his career and life has been like since being a dad.
Has there been a moment (or a specific age) in your life that you thought you would live forever?
I fully intend to—it’s going to plan so far.
Mortality, as you say “the fragility of life” has been depicted quite a lot in your paintings. What has attracted you so much to this subject matter?
It’s not a subject matter that I intentionally pursue, but the work always seems to circle back to it. I’m sure there will be some psychological explanation, but it’s not something I’m fully conscious of.
Mortality is a subject that affects almost everyone, every living thing. We need to live to survive, so our subconscious is programmed to make decisions that will prevent us from dying. Whether we are aware of it or not, this does affect us and our behaviour, which I find fascinating and intriguing. Also, I find that an awareness of our mortality creates a greater appreciation of life and what we have, it makes you want to make the most of it.