The unique art works of Toronto-based artist T.M. Glass combine the latest contemporary digital photographic technology with traditional brush painting that references the history of art resulting in a series of still life lens-based digital paintings.
After completing four years of art school as a sculpture major, Glass launched a successful career as a screenwriter and producer.
By 2010 the passion for painting and sculpture brought the decision to dedicate life to creating works of art with a focus on an investigation of beauty in nature and how mathematics and geometry govern the nature of beauty.
The content and theme of these pictures was inspired by a book written in 1860 by William Robinson, titled “The Wild Garden”, a book Glass used to learn how to design and grow an Arts and Crafts Movement garden.
Each work of art belongs to a limited edition series of archival pigment prints. Each is a still life picture with flowers in a significant historic vase. The influence of colour theories developed throughout art history plays a central role in the creation of these lens-based painting series.
For the “Museum” series, Glass works with museum curators to photograph vessels in museum collections. A second photo shoot takes place in the garden created by Glass. Each museum vessel is paired with a flower bouquet from the garden and merged on a computer using digital and paint. The result is a still life lens-based digital painting.
In the “Royal Lodge” series Glass photographed flowers from a garden designed by the Queen Mother when she lived at Royal Lodge. The flowers were placed in vases from the Royal Lodge Collection.
In the “Reford Garden” series, flowers were photographed from the historic garden’s museum collection. The garden was created a century ago by Elsie Reford, on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.
In the “Artist’s Garden” series each work of art includes flowers grown by the artist and vases from the artist’s collection.
The “Sculpture” series comprises digital sculptures of flowers from the artist’s garden.
Glass continues to create new works for these series.