feature: see bristol-based painter tom rawles’ surreal, renaissance-inspired portraits

April 8, 2016

Tom Rawles is a fine artist and painter from Bristol. His artwork mainly consists of stylized, sometimes surreal, portraits. Rawles has been commissioned to do album art, as well. “[My] works address contemporary culture through Renaissance-esque scenes, a modern world where halos are more bling than holy,” he writes. Check out some of our favorites, below.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Dayme Arocena

Album art for Royalty Noise’s “Common Ground”

‘3 Women’


‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’ Bobby Womack

Jay Electronica

Portrait of Thando called ‘nature vs nurture’

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at