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Tom and James DrawIllustration // Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013
Tom and James are two brothers who have influenced and assisted each other in their drawing and painting practice since the very beginning of their lives. James was born in 1977 and Tom was born on 1981 with Downs Syndrome. Their collaboration is unique as they are sharing experiences between the outsider and “insider” art world. James identifies with Toms abstract use of visual coding and Tom builds around James’ skilled and confident mark making. Tom relaxes James’ technical obsessions, and James enables Tom’s concentration and playful markmaking. Together they make worlds of experience, encompassing people around them and their actions, animals, plants, engines, and sometimes hilarious nods to the human experience and perception.
Both of them are interested in obsession, both within mark making and the role obsession plays with perception and life in general. James currently lives between studios in Sydney, Australia and Brooklyn, NY. Tom lives in an assisted living home within the community in Sydney, Australia.