Mr Mead is a surreal character designer and fine artist. He works traditionally with pen drawings on paper or wood. Recently he has started drawing and painting large scale and has completed works in Bristol, Brighton, Iceland and Cape town.
Mead's inspiration comes from his own intense personal fears and inhibitions, which are represented vicariously through mysterious genderless characters. These stem from his childhood fear of humans dressed as animals, a fear that came from watching the 1976 ballet film 'The Tale of Beatrix potter' as a child. Deciding to embrace his fear rather than run away from it Mead uses this for a basis for his characters and the worlds that they reside in. He is influenced by dark folk tales, the pop surrealist art scene, horror films, and is a huge fan of anything creepy and otherworldly.
He has collectors from around the world, has published his first book and has shown his work in galleries both locally and internationally including the RWA and the Last Rites gallery NYC. He lives and works in Bristol where he is constantly hoarding items from around the globe to inspire his work and take it in new and exciting directions....
“Tom Mead is a young artist with a unique style, a great enthusiasm to create the best work possible, and the discipline to work under deadline.”
Daniel Nayeri - Director of Children's Publishing at Workman Publishing Company NYC.
'Tom has been a pleasure to work with. An extremely talented illustrator who is polite and reliable and always met his deadlines.'
Jake Applebee, Editor at Crack magazine. UK
"Tom was a vital part of the launch of 1897 Quinine Gin - a High-end Gin supporting Malaria No More UK. Throughout the design process he was very easy to work with, and produced deliverables which were exactly in line with the brief provided. The result is a truly exceptional finished product which will raise money for an incredibly important cause.
Michael Orson, Creative Lead, ATOM Supplies Ltd.