Mathew Tom (b.1984) is a New York-based multi-disciplinary artist. He has been developing a world in which he combines elements from Asian traditional painting and European classical painting to create his own utopia called “Society of Friends”. Figures and animals are part of a larger mythology within his works that is in pursuit of the idyllic community he desires. In a world where everyone is in such perpetual bliss, even tigers have transcended their animal instincts and have joined the society as well.
Deeply interested in the power of images, Tom ponders the supernatural abilities a painting can express and if these images can transcend geographic borders and cultural borders and exist independently from their original context.