Thomas Kero is an artist originally from Vancouver, and now based in the Heiltsuk village of Bella Bella, on BC’s westernmost coastline. In his practice, Thomas is primarily a painter, capturing the landscape of coastal British Columbia with an aesthetic that hearkens to the Group of Seven.
I really love Thomas’ series of Crows and Ravens. The works in this series capture not only the titular animals in their natural habitats, but serve to present a beautiful cross-section of BC wildlife and forest, with the varying backgrounds offering just as much detail and interest as the central corvid figures.
Thomas’ paintings do a great job of using saturated colour and moments of rough texture to evoke an overall sense of the landscape that they capture. More than simply documenting a certain place and time, these works offer the viewer the opportunity to experience a moment through the artist’s eyes.