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Tom Cartmill


a short statement about my work

My work deals with visual perception, in particular the fact that we can receive conflicting information from a given visual stimulus. The preconceived assumptions of eye and brain are challenged, raising questions about the subconscious and how we interpret what we are looking at.

Change through time and the inevitable accumulation of experience are themes that have underpinned my practice from early on. The way for example that buildings, much used objects and faces age, weathering and transforming with the passage of time, is a constant source of inspiration. I try to evoke a patina of experience in my pictures. This also directly relates to the methods used to make my work.

I incorporate a variety of materials in each picture, from paints and inks, to gesso and earth, which are applied in numerous layers. Each strata of material is laid down in varying thicknesses and finishes. A textured surface is produced, where the layers are often rubbed away unevenly and evidence of previous activity can be glimpsed.

I have spent much of my adult life living and travelling overseas. Four years in New Zealand was shortly followed by stints in Southern Europe. These experiences have fed directly into my work. My years spent in Southern Spain and Sicily, where I became interested in the Moorish history and in Islamic art in general, had a profound impact on me and my continuing fascination with Islamic art has been another significant reference point in current work.

Tom Cartmill 2008

An article was recently published in Berkshire Life about The Reading Foundation of Arts acquisition of two pieces for their collection.

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Gone visiting

Beauty Box, Kirsten Jones 2008

Beauty Box, Kirsten Jones 2008

It wasn’t really a visiting day in the sense of popping by but more of a day of collecting more work for the  Affordable Art Fair.

First stop, Kirsten Jones.

Kirsten Jones in her studio

Kirsten Jones in her studio

Here is a little bit about her work “Kirsten Jones paints collections of objects, imaginary gardens and quirky arrangements of  treasured possessions such as shoes, clothing, crockery and observed still life.  Using layered fragments of maps, dictionary references and stamps from around the world she creates a beautiful, subtle narrative of secret histories, which evoke a memory or sense of place which relates to the objects depicted.”

washing line, Kirsten Jones 2008

The Washing Line

This series of paintings is based on a walk through the streets of Downalong in St Ives. Outside one of the fisherman’s cottages was a washing line hung with every type of garment.. all shapes and sizes (shoes and all!). It was as if a very big wave had unexpectedly soaked a whole family. The image seemed to capture the essence of holidays by the beach. This idea continued following a trip to New York in 2008, and Kirsten began painting a series of pieces exploring ideas around fashion.

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studio visits


Today was a visit to pick up Jo’s work from her studio, she is one ofthe five new artists with us this year and came by word of mouth from Kate Kessling.

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