About my art

My new digital and physical artworks art are inspired visually by a wide array of objects, forms, movements, light and my reading and research on Jungian psychology, merged with research into the symbols of the unconscious. A great introduction to this is a book made by Jung and his collaborators called "Man and his symbols". These symbols are, of course, ever-changing and related to our everyday world, hence the sci-fi influences.

The main technique used in these works is a digital 3d paint system developed by Duncan Brimsmead. Anything you see which is a tube is basically painted in 3D, so technically speaking its a sculpture as well as is 3 dimensional. The Software captures the direction and pressure of a brushstroke and digitises it, this data can then be applied to many different variables of the virtual brush stroke. The paint stroke may not spread liquid paint (though it could), more importantly, the paint stroke is liberated from its material limitations. No longer frozen in time, it's free to move like music or a human. Hundreds of variables in its formation can be animated and disseminated. For example, how many tubes make a stroke, how strongly they adhere to the original brushstroke path, what forces are acting on the brush stroke.

All the human figures are made by painting on top of a 3D model of a human, or monster. The paint strokes become the subject rather than the original character. The result is a portrait of the paint forms animated by a digital skeleton, and motion capture file, of a real person's motion.

There is a vast array of 3D animation techniques and simulations available to artists, but really very few that have some relation to the hand and eye relationship of painting, the tradition passed down to us from cavemen, as the means to express humans inner world. Even cave painters at sites like

Lascaux, used rudimentary brushes rather than a finger to paint with. I'm just using new painting tools and techniques, and the same old subjects.

Photo by Ron Haseldon St Petersburg


Thomas Lisle  Biograpghy

Email: Thomas(at)thomaslisle.com

Nationality: British

Education: Jacob Kramer College of Art, Leeds

University of Reading, Fine Art Department, Degree


University of Reading (2 days), Slade School of Art (4 weeks), Southwark College (short course 10 days)

Kingsway College, Winchester College of Art (2 days), Sir John Cass (short course 10 days)

Selected solo exhibitions

1986 ‘Georges Bataille is Dead’

London Film Makers Co-op Summer Festival restructured video and slides, Sound Laurence Hughes.

1986 “9 Doughty Street” Cibachromes, prints, installation, Bloomsbury London ‘A Sea Shanty’ restructured video,

1986 “The Daylight Club” the Diorama and exhibition in Gallery of paintings with video monitors, . ‘ A Walk in the

           Garden’ (nudes 5x slide projectors), ‘Trees’ (nudes 5x slide projectors), Slide   over 6 months

1987 “Ravensdales” Broadcast Edit facilities with gallery, Soho, installation. 1.5 x 1.2m prints

1987 “The Church Gallery” Marble Arch London ‘Aeroplane’ (kinetic slides from restructured video) 1 month.

1987 “Blast R101”Ormans Club, St James, London, Permanent Installation commission, 1 year.

1988 “The Third Eye Centre” Glasgow ‘Aeroplane’ two weeks installationn and Artist in residence. 1 week.

1988 “Stoke Scultpure Court Commissionon and installation “Fish out of Water”

1989 “The Smith” Gallery Stirling, Scotland, “Fish out of Water’( kinetic slides from restructured video) 1 month.

1992 “The Newlyn Orion Gallery”, Cornwall “Fish out of Water”

1992 “The Aspex Gallery” Portsmouth “Fish out of Water”

1993 “Puskinskaya 10” Cbetz Kosak Gallery, St Petersberg “Fish out of Water British Council Funded

1993”The Bunker” (old Atomic Bunker) St Petersburg Russia

1994 “James Hockey Gallery” “A Domestic Opera” Installation, Arts Council Video Dept Funded

1999...”Selfless Princess” with “Kala Sangam” Asian Dance Company, The Alhambra Bradford.

2009...”That which Transpires behind that which Appears” 3 digital animations videos “The Universal” Maida

             and the 291 Gallery with the London Biennale and performace by David Medella

2011...”Behind Vision” 55 watercolour paintings “Koukan Gallery London

2013 Koukan Gallery, October, “The Way is not straight forward” and 15 paintings oil on canvas

Selected Mixed Exhibitions

1987 “Group Show” Sphinx House Studios Bloomsbury London ‘Flamenco’ (Video)

1987 “Soaps” Camerawork Toured UK (slides from video)

1988 “Red Spot” New York Projections on Broadway (slides from video)

1988 “Audio Visual Experimentation “ Holland International Festival (slides from video)

1989 “Out of the Woods” Crafts Council, Common Ground Toured UK (slides from video)

1993 “Photo Graphics” St Petersbourgh (slides from restructured video)

2000 Stills of digital imagery - show touring libraries in Wales

2002 “291 Gallery” “Musa” evening, “planes” (state 1) video of computer graphics also shown Russian Music

2004 “London Bienalle” at the 291 Gallery “That which Transpires behind that which Appears” video plus performance with David Medalla Digital Animation

2009 Cesaria International Video Festival “The Planes” selected as one of ten prize winners 2011 Digital Animation

2011 “All Art Now International Video Festival Damascus “The Planes” selected for showing Digital Animation

2016 “Transformher” Digital Animation   seleceted for Matadac festival Spain,  Now and After festival St Petersberg,  Lumen Prize touring exhibition  Long List 

2018 "Rooms in dreams" Digital Animation selected for opening of Leeds new Digital Centre and show on giant screen outside Leeds City Hall

2019 "The shadows strategy" Digital Animation  Finalist in   Pixel fest Moscow, The Psychedelic and Film and Music Festival NY,  Matadac Spain, SFE.TV, Social art award, FILE Brazil


The Tate London

“Aeroplane “ an artists Book of photos in specially constructed box

Museum Of Modern Art New York

“Aeroplane “ an artists Book of photos in specially constructed box

The New Museum, New York

“Aeroplane “ an artists Book of photos in specially constructed box

Museum Of Modern Art New York

complete documentation in archives ‘ongoing’

The Raymond Moore Archives

“Aeroplane “ an artists Book of photos in specially constructed box

The Creasey Collection, Salisbury

Images from ‘A walk in the Garden’


Collection of Videos


Collection of Videos

St Martins Video Art Archive

Collection of Video art works

Broadcast Videos

The Landscape Channel, Channel 4

“Fish out of Water”


The Independent, BBC Scotland ,The Yorkshire Post, NME, Dataton News & Views International, City Limits, Time Out


Essay by Professor Norbert Linton

Essay by Nicholas Usherwood

Essay by Alla Mitrofanova


The Fl-o Orbital Design commissioned by Pressure Islands 2019

Art by other Lisle's


Frank and June Lisle web sites