Thomas Dodd (artist)

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Thomas Dodd (born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey 1961) is a digital artist and photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. His art images result from digitally transforming his photographs to make them look painterly, subtly blurring the lines between photography and classical art. He often creates moving surreal images inspired by religious and mythological themes, using styles comparable to those of renowned modern painters like Gustav Klimt, John William Waterhouse and René Magritte. Dodd´s art-work has been frequently cited and revised by many of his peers and specialized art websites. His work has been exhibited in many cities in the USA and around the world, and made its way to inhabit important permanent public collections[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]


Thomas Dodd´s father was an advanced amateur photographer of Irish ancestry, who taught his son the essentials of photography: composition, depth, lighting, and how to make quality portraits. Dodd in turn, learnt the basic techniques of a dark-room laboratory (such as negative development, enlarging, printing etc.) as part of his extra-curricular activity while attending Winter Park High School in Orange County, Florida.[9] Dodd became interested in artistic photography through admiring Ansel Adam´s prints at a gallery in Florida. Inspired by punk rock groups like the Sex Pistols and Ramones, Dodd learnt to play the guitar and spent the 1980s playing in punk rock bands in Florida and Atlanta. Soon after, Dodd became interested in Irish music and learnt to play the Celtic harp. In 1992 Dodd founded an ambient Celtic ensemble called Trio Nocturna, which had several sponsored appearances in New Orleans, Chicago and Atlanta. Trio Nocturna gained attention in the Gothic scene, recording three commercial albums named Morphia, Tears of Light and Songs of the Celtic Night.[10][11][12][13] After Trio Nocturna disbanded in 1997, Dodd did session work as a harpist, most notably with Swans frontman Michael Gira on two albums: The Angels of Light´s New Mother (1999)[14][15] and The Body Lovers (2005).[16][17]

After a 25-year career as a professional musician, Dodd reemerged as a photographer in 2006, captivated by the popularization of Digital photography and image-processing software, on which he taught himself through online tutorials and books. Digital editing programs and the virtually limitless possibilities of photo-manipulation led Dodd back into photography as a vehicle of creative expression. Dodd´s artistic photography has been praised by artist Richard T. Scott (video Artist Spotlight, min 24:00),[18] and also has been the subject of several interviews and articles.[2][3][4][5][6] Some of them have particularly focused on Dodd´s inquiries in the treatment of light .[19][20] Apart from his mainstream motifs,[21] Dodd has been developing a novel aesthetic line in his series of nudist pictures All Bodies Are Beautiful.[22] He is also developing a series of pieces depicting African American people.[23][24][25][26][27][28] Dodd teaches his art through seminars, workshops and individual coaching.[8] His work has had an acknowledged influence on Steampunk Neo-Victorian Fashion[29][30]

Exhibits and Collections[edit]

Thomas Dodd has exhibited his visual art worldwide, including Germany, Romania,Argentina,New York City,México City,Orlando,Miami,San Antonio,Seattle,París and Atlanta. Some recent solo and group exhibitions of Dodd's work include:

- 2015, Frankfurt (Germany), The Dream Factory[31]

- 2015, Customs House Museum - Tennessee,[32]

- 2015, Washington (DC), Gallery NK[33]

- 2014, Brukenthal Museum (Rumania), Exhibition: Darkness of Mexico[34]

- 2014, Gallery One, Nashville(TN)[35][36]

- 2013, Anarte Gallery, San Antonio(TX)[37][38]

Some of Dodd´s works earned distinctions at recent exhibitions in New York City[39] and New Orleans, where his work Ascension of the Magdalene [40] is on permanent display at the International House Hotel.[41] Dodd´s work is also present in permanent collections at the Galerie L’Oeil du Prince[7] in Paris, in the US at the New Britain Museum of American Art[1] and at the Museo Arte Contemporaneo in Catania, Sicily .[42][43]


Dodd has developed a unique technique that he calls painterly photo montage, where he employs software to blend and layer multiple photos together to create a final painterly image . The print resulting from this technique is often processed further with non-digital resources. Finished images are mounted on wood panels and then painted over with finishing gel or beeswax, a method called photo encaustic painting.[44][45] When the image is printed again, it comes out bearing a seemingly tangible texture on top of the photographic composition. Dodd´s work is said to be an organic composite of elements that always strive for the end result to be both beautiful and thought-provoking.[46]


  1. ^ a b "DREAMER: THE ART OF THOMAS DODD". Customshouse Museum website. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "An Interview with Thomas Dodd". Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Thomas Dodd, Photographer, Mythmaker". Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "The images of Thomas Dodd". Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Thomas Dodd". Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Staying True: Being An Artist Not A Photographer". Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "THOMAS DODD". L’Oeil du Prince Galerie website. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Thomas Dodd". CADA DÍA UN FOTÓGRAFO. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  9. ^ "Winter Park HS Alumni List". Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  10. ^ "Thomas Dodd". Artist website. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  11. ^ "Trio Nocturna - Dream of a Dead King". Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  12. ^ "Trio Nocturna (Classical Celtic pagan harp vocal music". Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  13. ^ "Songs of the Celtic Night". Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  14. ^ "The Angels of Light - New Mother". Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  15. ^ "New Mother - Angels of Light". Young God Records website. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  16. ^ "The Body Lovers". Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  17. ^ "The Body Lovers". Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  18. ^ "Richard T Scott: Artist Spotlight". Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  19. ^ "What do you see in Thomas Dodd's photography?". Target Audience Magazine website. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  20. ^ "My Entry in the Photoshop Masters group - Thomas Dodd". Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  21. ^ "Surreal Photography With Thomas Dodd". Styleblueprint. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  22. ^ "Thomas Dodd - All Bodies Are Beautiful". Artist website. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  23. ^ "Into The Wild". Artist website. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  24. ^ "Sisters". Artist website. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  25. ^ "Warrior". Artist website. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  26. ^ "Hope". Artist website. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  27. ^ "Oracle". Artist website. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  28. ^ "Urbanpieta". Artist website. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  29. ^ Kriete, Evelyn (February 1, 2013). Steampunk Fashion: The Ultimate Sourcebook to the Modern Victorian Style. Design Originals. ISBN 978-1574214192. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  30. ^ Gleason, Katherine (October 19, 2013). Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism. Race Point Publishing. ISBN 978-1937994280. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  31. ^ "Thomas Dodd". The Dream Factory Gallery website. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  32. ^ "Thomas Dodd brings surreal works to Customs House". Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  33. ^ "THOMAS DODD". Gallery NK website. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  34. ^ "Exhibition: Darkness of Mexico". Brukenthal National Museum website. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  35. ^ "The first First Saturday of 2014 tells a tale of two galleries". Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  36. ^ "Gallery One Fine Art". Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  37. ^ "Thomas Dodd The Photographic Art". FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  38. ^ "2013 FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA Press Archives". FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO website. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  39. ^ "2015 POSTER CHALLENGE WINNER". ARTEXPO NEW YORK website. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  40. ^ "Ascencion". Artist website. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  41. ^ "Fotos-Videos de Thomas Dodd". Facebook. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  42. ^ "Presentación de la colección permanente del MACS de Catania". Retrieved June 29, 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  43. ^ "International Section". MUSEO ARTE CONTEMPORANEA SICILIA website. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  44. ^ "The Artistic Image - transform your photographs with pigment and wax". Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  45. ^ "INTRO TO PHOTO-ENCAUSTIC PAINTING". Retrieved June 27, 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  46. ^ "Thomas Dodd Biography". AnArte Gallery San Antonio website. Retrieved June 29, 2015.

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