The Tom Howse 'Fantastic Salad' series is a trip into a dark dream.
The 'Fantastic Salad' series is dulled in color scheme but grandiose in composition. The subjects of each work are fantastical, as if remembered from some sort of circus nightmare. Subjects are simply rendered, with thick, spontaneous brushwork and childlike lines. The emotional engagement appears to be an afterthought, as though Howse had been completely enraptured in the act of painting before realizing the depth of his work. The result is a compilation of abstract works featuring haunting personality and foregrounded narratives. The artist discusses his paintings on his site: "If I want my own heroes or villains I can try and paint them."
Tom Howse has a wonderfully abstract mind and has masterfully applied his whimsical nature to canvas.