The mythical figures in Thomas Dodd’s exhibit Dreamer: The Art of Thomas Dodd turn the Customs House Museum’s Orgain Gallery into a forest of fairy tales. The viewer is immediately transported into a surreal fantasy of contemporary stories within each work of art. Dodd’s work could be considered a twenty-first century version of Pre-Raphaelite art. His manipulated pieces appear more like romantic paintings than digital photographs. The modern-day women have been taken from their daily lives and transported into an ancient bedtime story with flowing dresses and dramatic lighting.
While influences of Magritte and Klimt are evident in his work, Thomas has said of his work “I have realized that everyone has something beautiful or intriguing about them in some way. My job is to find that and enhance it.”
Thomas Dodd lives between Atlanta and Nashville. He began his career as a visual artist in 2005. Before that, Thomas was the harpist and songwriter for the 1990s musical group Trio Nocturna, a Celtic Gothic ensemble that put out three critically-acclaimed albums (“Morphia”, “Tears of Light” and “Songs of the Celtic Night”) and performed at author Anne Rice’s annual Halloween balls in New Orleans.
Thomas has exhibited his works internationally. His work is included at the Galerie L’Oeil du Prince in Paris, in the US at the New Britain Museum of American Art and in Sicily at the Museo Arte Contemporaneo. This year he has had shows in Germany, Romania, Argentina, New York City, Mexico City, Orlando, Miami, San Antonio, Seattle, and Paris and in his hometown of Atlanta. Dodd’s photographs have been featured in many magazines, on book and album covers and he is also the subject of an upcoming documentary film on the art nude and censorship in modern times.