3D. Virtual-world. Animation: The three words that will undoubtedly come into your head when you hear of Thomas Lisle. Passionate about digital moving image, he started making abstract video art in 1981. From detuning TVs and abstracting TV images to using 3D animation. The Leeds-based artist is especially interested in abstract programmable paint strokes, 3D virtual simulations and character animation but also in psychology. Lisle works across moving image, media and painting. His artwork has been particularly well-received in the North, with shows in Glasgow and Stirling, as well as being exhibited in the LUX collection and London Video Art Research collection.
Lisle has been a through-and-through creative from a young age, describing how as soon as he had become aware of the world, he had already decided to be an artist. But art was different than nowadays. ‘The focus seemed much more on abstract shapes and forms as well as understanding composition” explains the Fine Art artist. “I didn’t understand the terminology at the time but It’s the gist of something that seemed important, that has stayed with me, and become a lifelong study. “
“It’s not a perfect fit often but what is. It seems to all fit together in the end.“
Lisle takes a lot of his inspiration for a new artwork from psychology, including Freud’s dream analysis or the collective unconscious. With these ideas in mind he experiments with characters and forms, time and space, and reliving his experiences shape his art.
Lisle’s video ‘Rooms in dreams’ uses new technology in art to explore abstraction in time-based media. His most recent work with computers and 3D forms during the last 3 or 4 years has taken a number of different routes the programmable paint stroke¨ off the shelf 3D models and people fluid,gas simulations and particles.
“We are all changing, and the more conscious we are of the changes hopefully the better the outcome. I had really no knowledge of psychology 20 years ago, and the more I discover the more relevant it seems. I’m expressing my views on art, visual language and life. I’m trying to find ways of expression in digital art, drips and runny paint are possible but difficult and time consuming to achieve the spontaneity is lost. Whereas a thousand tubes which inherit the parameters of a human paint stroke can go a bit wild and unruly very quickly and easily, revealing forms and structures (which are new and I think impossible in any other medium) which can be expressive of something deeper. I love expressionism and fauvism painting for this reason. I want to express the inner world, and the virtual is both apt, contemporary and is often amazing fast to realise.”
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