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  • Unusual and imaginative collage
  • Interesting patterns and vivid colours
  • Inspirational art from thousands of strips and torn pieces of paper
  • I like to work on ideas from my own photography


Creating colourful canvases from unwanted scratch cards…
From an early age, I always preferred to see litter in bins rather than it spoiling the countryside, parks and seashore. I later realized how some of it can be recycled and this developed into a special interest exploring my own ideas in art. I began finding a use for brightly-coloured scratch cards that had been thrown away, making them into pictures and also combining them with paper wrappings or beachcombed items etc.
James Owen Thomas (J.O.T.)

The “I’m Starting From Scratch” exhibition 2016-2017 was featured at the Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre for 3 months.

Here is a link to some filming at that exhibition.

My artwork was also displayed with the National Trust at Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire.


Thousands of circular pieces cut from discarded scratch cards create a colourful, striking effect…
By adding layers of cut or torn strips of scratch cards, I can create a 3D effect in my art and recently I have been experimenting with collages made from small circular pieces.
Each piece of artwork takes many hours. People ask me, “How do you have the patience?”
The “Much more than meets the eye” exhibition 2018 starts at Ripon Cathedral in February, then can be seen at the Yoredale National Park Centre during March and April. In May to July the exhibition moves to the Bradford Industrial Museum and from late July to September to the National Coal Mining Museum at Overton near Wakefield. Art In the Mill in Knaresborough will feature my artwork from September to October. The exhibition finishes the year in December at The Otley Courthouse Arts Centre.
Here is a link to a BBC Radio York interview about my artwork.

Greetings Cards

Greetings cards from these collages are available. See individual pictures for sizes. Each card has been left blank for your own message.

Single card including postage £2.30.


Choose any six cards for the cost of five £11.50 (includes postage)
Please specify which card(s) you require in the Paypal notes box (Add special instructions to the seller).


Fine art prints

These are also available to order as limited edition Giclée fine art prints on 100% cotton, acid free, 315gsm paper, which is approved by the Fine Art Trade Guild, in A4 size and larger. Please email for price quotations and to order.

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