About Me 創作者簡介

Tom Rook was born in Exmouth, England. He creates mostly in pencil, pen, and ink. He is self-taught, and his drawings mainly deal with cities, change, and the complexity of the urban and natural. His drawings focus on detail, and encompass both real and abstract places.

From a young age he has been recording memories and the world around him with maps and cityscapes. Illustrated maps capture a place in an absorbing way, and moving into new landscapes in Taiwan has intensified the creative process. They form both a journal, and an means of discovering a place.   

He has interests in architecture, the natural world, and urban history, and these influences come together in his drawings. He has had several solo and joint shows, and will be exhibited as a finalist at Art Revolution Taipei in April 2016. He has taken part in projects with Simple Life Festival, Kaohsiung Arts Festival, Zhongyuan University, and Gestalten Publishing amongst others. He lives and works in Taipei. He is much more approachable than 3rd person biographies such as this suggest.  

Tom Rook來自英格蘭埃克斯茅斯,現居台北市。他大多以鉛筆、原子筆及墨水創作,他是自學,而他的畫作主要關於城市、改變,以及城市和自然的複雜性,他的繪畫著重於細節,並包含真實和抽象的地方。

從他年輕時,他一直用地圖和城市景觀記錄著回憶和他周遭的世界。插畫地圖以一種吸引人的方式捕捉一個地方,在台灣發展的新景觀加強了創作的過程,組成了一個日誌及發現一個地方的方法。

他對建築物、自然世界、和城市歷史有興趣,而這些影響集結在一起出現在他的畫作中。他舉辦過幾場個人和聯合的展示,並於2016年4月的台北新藝術博覽會入圍決賽,他參與過簡單生活節、高雄藝術節、中原大學和Gestalten出版社等舉辦的活動。他在台北生活、工作,文字敘述上的介紹或許有些嚴肅,但是他本人其實比這些文字敘述更平易近人。

 

Below: Some source photos used for the maps. 下方的照片是我拍攝拿來當作繪製地圖時的參考資料:

 

Toad Mountain, Taipei 蟾蜍山, 台北市

 

Guiyang Street, Taipei 貴陽街, 台北

 

East District, Taipei, 東區, 台北市

 

Guanqian Road, Taipei 館前路, 台北

 

Zhongxiao W Road. Taipei, 忠孝西路, 台北市

 

Dihua Street, Dadaocheng, Taipei, 迪化街, 大稻埕, 台北市