The Royal Horticultural Society presented
with a 2019 Britain in Bloom

25th October 2019, London

You can see more about this award and my art here:


From an early age, I always preferred to see litter in bins rather than it spoiling the countryside, parks and seashore. I later realised how some of it can be recycled and this developed into a special interest exploring my own ideas in art. I began finding a use for brightly-coloured scratch cards that had been thrown away. Now I am pleased to say that some local businesses save them for me. I make them into pictures and sometimes combine them with paper wrappings or beachcombed items etc.
James Owen Thomas (J.O.T.)

NEWS FOR 2019!

I was asked by management at Pontefract Races to create four pieces of collage artwork for their marketing literature in 2019 with a theme of recycling. I have used their tickets and badges from previous races.

Please see the quote below from the Pontefract Park Race Co Ltd:

“Having seen one of James’s exhibitions at the National Coal Mining Museum, we were very excited to have the opportunity to work with him and commission some bespoke artwork to promote the 2019 racing season at Pontefract.
With a campaign geared around sustainability in mind, it was very important to us that we work with someone who is environmentally minded and the fact that James is able to create such innovative and incredible pieces of artwork using old Raceday tickets and badges is breathtaking.
We’re thrilled with the work that James has done to date and look forward to continuing our relationship with him in the future.”

Here is a link to an article describing my artwork for Pontefract Racecourse in the Pontefract & Castleford Express.

I was also asked to create a piece of artwork for our town’s entry into this year’s Britain In Bloom competition.

Please see the quote below from Keith Tordoff MBE, Chair Pateley Bridge In Bloom group.

“I Chair the Pateley Bridge in Bloom group. Pateley Bridge this year ( 2019 ) are finalists representing Yorkshire in the National Britain in Bloom competition.
Rightly the judging criteria covers not just the floral displays but the environment, recycling and the community working together.
I was aware of a local young man James Owen Thomas who uses recycled scratchcards to create his own unique brand of artwork.
Following a meeting with James he very kindly offered to create a piece of artwork from discarded scratchcards for the Pateley Bridge in Bloom group to use as its logo.
The artwork James presented to the Pateley Bridge in Bloom group depicts the Bridge over the River Nidd with a wildflower meadow below it. The finished picture is stunning and even more special when you consider the painstaking hours that must have been involved in creating it.
I am sure the artwork is going to wow the judges of the Britain in Bloom when they come to Pateley Bridge to judge it in the competition. The judges will no doubt be very impressed that the Pateley Bridge in Bloom groups logo was created with recycled materials – recycling being one of the judging criteria.
James Owen Thomas is a very talented young artist who I am sure will go on to do great things in the art world.”


Thousands of circular pieces cut from discarded scratch cards create a colourful, striking effect…
By adding layers of cut or torn strips of scratch cards, I can create a 3D effect in my art and recently I have been experimenting with collages made from small circular pieces.
Each piece of artwork takes many hours. People ask me, “How do you have the patience?”

Here is a link to a BBC Radio York interview about my artwork:

Here is a link to my most recent interview with BBC Radio Cumbria in March 2019:

The exhibitions in 2018-19 are as follows:

February 2018: Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire
March – April 2018: Yoredale National Park Centre, Wensleydale
May – July 2018: Bradford Industrial Museum, West Yorkshire
July – September 2018: National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
September – October 2018: Art In The Mill, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
November 2018: The Castle Tearoom, Ripley, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire
December 2018 – Jan 2019: The Otley Courthouse Arts Centre, West Yorkshire

March – April 2019: Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, Cumbria
July 2019: Durham World Heritage Information Centre
September 2019: The Showcase Gallery, Richmond, North Yorkshire
November – December 2019: The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, South Wales


The “I’M STARTING FROM SCRATCH!” Exhibition 2016-2017 was featured at the Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre for 3 months.

Here is a link to some filming at that exhibition.

My artwork was also displayed with the National Trust at Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire.

James Owen Thomas

Unique collage art using lottery scratchcards