Inspired by wildlife and the natural world, self-taught artist T.A.G. Smith creates unique wall hanging sculptures using the natural characteristics of a wide range of hardwoods. Tom’s work is often described by people who see it as, “mind-blowing”, “totally unique” and “of the highest quality”.
The technique he uses is called ‘intarsia’, which originated in Islamic North Africa in the 7th century and spread across Europe during the Renaissance. Intarsia is a woodworking technique that is similar to marquetry and uses pieces of wood of different size, shape and species to create a picture that is like a mosaic, but with an illusion of depth.
From the age of 14, when he bought his first scroll saw, Tom has been teaching himself and developing his skills which he turned into a career in 2012 at the age of 22. Tom’s work has been sold in a number of galleries across the UK. He has also had pieces commissioned from as far away as Australia and the United States.
In 2014 Tom’s work made it to the final round of judging in the David Shepherd Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Artist of the Year Competition. He has also been interviewed on Notts TV and had his work published in magazines.