London as you've never seen it: Tom's new stripped back originals - Tom Butler Artist

London as you've never seen it: Tom's new stripped back originals

From Venice to New York, Tom Butler's mixed media cityscapes take collectors around the world. Just as a tourist seeks to find the hidden gems of each city, viewers can immerse themselves in his latest large-scale artworks to uncover the humour and draughtsman's precision that have established him as one of the UK's most exciting cityscape artists. For his new series of London-themed original paintings, the contemporary artist and trained illustrator has embraced a stripped back, spontaneous style that empowers collectors to bring the capital city into the heart of their home or office space. 


CITY SKYLINE 2 | £4,995


Created by hand in Tom's studio, the atmospheric London scenes are upscaled versions of his popular smaller studies. Great for mixing and matching with previous pieces, these one-of-a-kind artworks are incredible when viewed from a distance, offering an immersive perspective of iconic landmarks like Piccadilly Circus, The Shard, Big Ben and London Bridge. To capture the unique energy of London, he has experimented with a new, almost monochromatic colour palette and a stripped back style.

Each hand-signed original artwork has been painted in acrylics on a weaved, textured paper that has been painstakingly bonded to a board. When viewed up close, this creates a sense of freedom and authenticity, while Tom recommends standing back to experience the full impact. 

“These pieces are less about layers, and more about simplicity," he says. "There’s a stripped back spontaneity. I've mixed straight edges with abstract areas and clusters of detail, but I'd describe the style as Impressionism. Light is always important to my work: it's something that people can feel, whether it's a warmth, glare or reflection. I don't want my paintings to simply be photorealistic; they have something to say, which I like to highlight through elements of collage and typography."





CITY SKYLINE 1 | £4,995


London was a great source of inspiration for the collection, as Tom has a personal connection to the capital city and often travels there to take photographs and discover new vantage points. He adds: "There's something very timeless about London. It's also architecturally interesting, as there is such a mixture of old and new. The black-and-white colour palette has an understated elegance that makes these works feel incredibly authentic.

"Working with a limited colour palette promotes a synergy throughout the pieces, and by using both straight edge tools and flat brushes over the natural pattern created by weave paper, I was able to authentically sketch out the cityscapes using paint rather than traditional graphite or charcoal. The inclusion of collage was minimal to give them a touch of that graphic mixed media look I so love. I found that using too many layers of collage lessened the texture coming through from the the paper underneath. The finishing details were added in pen and ink to give a crispness and definition to the structures and details."


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