Jim Thorell’s work evokes the uncanniness and fantasy of dreams. Caught in a dialogue between reality and subconscious expression, his paintings are a repetition of his mind’s workings, teeming with jubilant and comical renderings. Inspired by other paintings from diverse periods of history, his expressionistic and vibrant compositions often manifest different art movements, uniting them to inform his own vivid language and giving to them a new and unique reality.
Before deciding on a topic Thorell dyes his canvases with very liquid paint to expose areas and shapes that form the basic structures of his compositions. He has an innate ability to compose spontaneously, deciding on the details and subject then balancing the image until he feels it is finished. These amalgamations result in somewhat chaotic scenes, records of his creative energy that develop through a collation of gestural colour and preternatural drawing. As we look upon his paintings, whimsical flora and dreamlike creatures arrest our gaze: the workings of Thorell’s visual language longing to be retold.
Seashells on the Seashore opens on Thursday 14 January from 6pm to 9pm and is on display until 19 February 2016.