I am a visual artist and my work born from remembered experiences from the landscapes I have visited, mostly around Scotland and the North. In the studio, I use painting, illustration, model-making and one-stop animation to reconstruct the topographies of those places and tell the story of our wilder world.
Like peering out to sea the from the edge of a cliff, my paintings are a meeting place of two worlds. Often painted with a crepuscular palette, they have the language of a dream one has just awoken from and feel like imagined yet inhabitable spaces. Like stage-sets, they act as a device: an invitation into a ‘tapsalteerie’ world, where one finds characters who are impervious to their environment, amidst leaning lumps of land and unsettled seas.
As well as their fairy-tale like allure, my works are rooted in reality. They are a way to bring two worlds together- the real and the imagined/ the human and the non-human- in the hope of rekindling what is, perhaps, a misplaced familiarity and sensitivity to our natural world.
Izzy Thomson graduated from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen in 2016, with a First-Class B.A (Hons) in Painting and was then selected for the year-long Graduate Residency at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh. Following this, Izzy received a Dewar Arts Award to fund a studio for a year. She returned to the Scottish Highlands to work in a Wasps studio, Inverness Creative Academy, where she is still based. Izzy has since won several awards, which recently includes a self-directed residency funded by the Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award. This award enabled research into how to make paintings about the Cromarty Firth- it’s biodiversity, history, and folklore- using sustainable and biodegradable oil painting pigments and materials. To compliment her painting practice, Izzy has worked across Set Design, Illustration, Animation and Book Making. In 2019, Izzy was invited to paint a Mural the City Museum of Skopje, North Macedonia, under a micro residency titled ‘In Between States’, curated by Jon Blackwood and Holly Knox Yeoman. Izzy has recently graduated from Aardman Academy’s Stop Motion One Course. Her place was funded by Creative Access.