An Ashford College student has been given a Try Angle Award for a mural he created at a local skatepark.
Tom Curry currently studies Level 3 Creative Practice Art, Design and Communication, and has been using what he’s learnt in class to create visual treats for the public to enjoy.
He was nominated for two outdoors murals, one for his friend’s memorial and another for SK8Side on Tannery Lane.
Mostly using oils on large canvases, Tom notes that he enjoys “working with different visual perspectives”.
Despite winning him the Ashford District Arts Category award, he is continuously adding to the art he has out in the public eye. He says that he keeps adding lines and marks to it, fearing “people must walk past thinking I am defacing someone else’s art”.
When speaking about his own preferences, the 17-year-old said: “I prefer art that is different. I don’t want to create art that is easy to like.
“I want to target a different audience. I want people to understand the meaning behind the art, not just see it as a pretty picture.
“It is more important to me that my art has meaning and makes a difference - like how it has affected the community - than for people to just like the look of what I make.”
As of yet, Tom hasn’t got a particular career in mind but aims to continue growing his art skills at his first-choice university of Central St Martins in London.