Tom Greenshields (1915 – 1994)
Artist Tom Greenshields
Tom Greenshields was born in Devon, 1915, the grandson of the well-known Victorian watercolour painter Edouard van Goethem. He studied at the Slade School of Art receiving a classical training in drawing and anatomy, developing his long artistic interest and passion in the representation of the human body. On graduation he painted mainly in watercolour, exhibiting work at the Royal Academy.
In 1980 Greenshields lost the use of his right hand in a farming accident. Undeterred, and with great courage, he transferred his artistic skills to his left hand and went on to produce some of his finest figurative sculptures.
Tom Greenshields Style
Tom Greenshields was a versatile painter and draughtsman, but found recognition for his sensitive and skilled sculptures which are now admired worldwide. His deep appreciation and knowledge of the human form is both natural and sensual.
Tom Greenshields was one of the first artists to use the resin bronze process for the production of serious fine art sculpture. The process produces very faithful copies of the original master sculpture and the surface can be patinated to produce a finish to lost wax process bronzes.
He was in demand for exhibitions during his lifetime and fifteen years after his death his work is still being collected and currently on view in art galleries in England, Scotland and Wales.