Tom Bagshaw is a British illustrator based in the Georgian city of Bath, who has developed a highly rendered digital painting style through which he explores themes of fantasy, beauty and mysticism. While his work deals with imaginative content, it also aims for a strong level of realism in its presentation. Although feminine beauty plays a large role in his work, the women he depicts are never frail damsels in distress. More often than not they’re strong, intriguing characters, with an air of mystery to them.
For centuries, the link between womanhood and the spiritual world has always been really narrow. Despite their power to give life, women seem to perfectly embody the two concepts of Eros and Thanatos, associating them with the darkest forces. Witches, priestesses and other female spiritualists are legions in our legends and the art ensued from them.
The art of Tom Bagshaw is haunted by these ancient souls. The magic spells of Bagshaw are double. First, he hexes the beholder with the help of his edgy heroines. You certainly cannot resist the charm of these vampiric beauties with their soft porcelain skin, often revealed by fine lingerie outfits. Their perfect look is distracting you from their supernatural essence.
The balance between shadow and light certainly illustrates the complexity of femininity, and of life itself. This is what makes the art of Tom Bagshaw so deep and attractive.
All images courtesy and under copyright of the artist Tom Bagshaw
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