About Artist: Taking nostalgia and utopia as her starting point, Lex Thomas evokes iconic landscapes, often imitating the work of well-known artists such as Hayman, Zoffany and Gainsborough. By creating miniature facsimiles of Eighteenth Century paintings, Lex Thomas is acknowledging and playing with issues of the original and the copy. Her authentic replica toy with ideas of reality and artifice and Lex Thomas demonstrates a fascination with the history of painting while exploring her place within our digital age. In her own words, Lex Thomas' paintings are 'obsessively detailed to create an atmosphere of Futuristic Nostalgia. This dystopian world has been termed Notopia by Thomas, where surreal hybrid creatures populate a lost paradise, stripping down familiar ideals and presenting a virtual landscape. Thomas explores fragments of narrative and a shifting of time where once mythical creatures become genetically modified in a retro-futuristic collision of science and nature. A disturbing atmosphere of anthropomorphism and pseudo-science permeates while an injection of wry satirical humour acts as a relief to these themes.
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