Thomas Elliott has established a narrative and style visibly his own. ‘I propose the enigma that exists beneath the surface of the world. I render this through my figure painting.’ states Elliott. Elliott’s monochromatic paintings are powerful explorations of human relationships. Enigmatic figures emerge from the darkness evoking imagery of myth and ritual.
“He creates a melancholy world where naked figures crowd together for comfort…against a blackened background, the creatures – which owe a lot to Goya – are stacked in pyramidal groups where a collective mood is established.” New Zealand Herald, 5/10/05
Thomas Elliott graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He was the Cleveland Art Award winner in 2000 and 2001. Elliott was also a finalist in the 2006 Norsewear Art Awards.