Tom Perkinson

"SURREAL BUT REAL"

 

A Vintage Collection from the Fantasy World of Tom Perkinson

 

The intended focus here is primarily the work rather than its creator. 

Created between 1978-1980, 12 years after the official end of the Surrealist movement, the collection appears as fresh and pertinent as the day it was painted. The paintings are complete, rich in color, playful and full of symbolism.

 

A reminder that when art is created well, reflecting basic foundational principles, it becomes timeless.

This is not an egotistical expression by an artist who intends to shock his viewers, rather, a thoughtful reflection of an introspective look into one mind, one soul.

 

To accomplish conveying this through not just one but several completed works of art is pure genius!


 

 

A few thoughts on the movement....

 

SURREALISM - 1924-1966

A Glimpse Into a Different World

 

"Although the dream is a very strange phenomenon and an inexplicable mystery, far more inexplicable is the mystery and aspect our minds confer on certain objects and aspects of life."

 

The early movement of Surrealist artists sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. Disdaining rationalism and literary realism, and powerfully influenced by psychoanalysis, the Surrealists believed the rational mind repressed the power of the imagination, weighting it down with taboos. Influenced by people such as Karl Marx, they hoped that the psyche had the power to reveal the contradictions in the everyday world and spur on revolution. Their emphasis on the power of personal imagination puts them in the tradition of Romanticism, but unlike their forbears, they believed that revelations could be found on the street and in everyday life. The Surrealist impulse to tap the unconscious mind, and their interests in myth and primitivism, went on to shape many later movements, and the style remains influential to this today.

 

Andre Breton defined Surrealism as "psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express - verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner - the actual functioning of thought." 

 

He suggests that artists bypass reason and rationality by accessing their unconscious mind. In practice, these techniques became known as automatism or automatic writing, which allowed artists to forgo conscious thought and embrace chance when creating art.

 

The work of Sigmund Freud was profoundly influential for Surrealists, particularly his book, The Interpretation of Dreams (1899). Freud legitimized the importance of dreams and the unconscious as valid revelations of human emotion and desires; his exposure of the complex and repressed inner worlds of sexuality, desire, and violence provided a theoretical basis for much of Surrealism.

 

Surrealist imagery is probably the most recognizable element of the movement, yet it is also the most elusive to categorize and define. Each artist relied on their own recurring motifs arisen through their dreams and/or unconscious mind. At its basic, the imagery is outlandish, perplexing, and even uncanny, as it is meant to jolt the viewer out of their comforting assumptions. Nature, however, is the most frequent imagery: Max Ernst was obsessed with birds and had a bird alter ego, Salvador Dali's works often include ants or eggs, and Joan Miro relied strongly on vague biomorphic imagery.

 

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