Tom Strutton is a contemporary artist specialising in watercolour and pencil portraits of birds. He has been painting birds since 2004, having been drawn to their huge variety of shapes, colours and characters. His portraits, set against blank backgrounds, isolate the subject to enable the spectator to concentrate on its defining characteristics. Such characteristics on display in this exhibition include the subtle bleeding of earth tones in a Green Kingfisher, the playful inquisitiveness of a pair of Juvenile Starlings, and the glossy sheen of a Raven’s plumage. All of the works in this exhibition were made over the past 16 months in what has been a prolific period for the artist.
Tom was born in Southampton and he currently lives and works in Horton Heath. He studied History of Art at Winchester School of Art (2001 – 2002), Music at Royal Holloway, University of London (2003 – 2006) and Cultural & Arts Management at The University of Winchester (2009 – 2011).