‘Feels like home’ is an exhibition of paintings drawn from the personal photo archives of immigrants, refugees and other itinerants about leaving home and creating a new home. It is the genesis of an ongoing series that will explore themes of home, displacement, immigration and the effect of political policies that restrict movement.
Thomas Cartwright was born in Toronto and lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and shuttled between the two in his youth; he is, perhaps consequently, drawn to themes of displacement and resettlement. Both his ‘homes’ (Toronto Islands and Cape Town) are rich in natural beauty, and his work consistently explores the coming together of the natural world and the human-made, constructed one. He is drawn to beauty and he is drawn to meaning, and his work is an exploration of both.
Born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Also lived in Den Bosch (‘s Hertogenbosch), Waalwijk, Tilburg, Enschede, Reims & Amsterdam.
Now living in Cape Town, South Africa.
148 x 113 narrative
Old boats in the old harbour, Hermanus, South Africa, 2004. They've since washed away.
Niek: Cape Town
200 x 150 narrative
Crate. This crate has been to every place I've lived, it's a very useful crate. Currently empty and in my way, though.
113 x 148 narrative
De Sint Jan. Photo of a photo taken by an important, creative person deserving of more acknowledgment.